Test Drive: River North club Joy District transforms into Studio 54
River North nightclub Joy District is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Hubbard Street by transforming its second floor into a replica of the fabled Studio 54.
Context: Studio 54 is arguably the most famous nightclub in American history, known for its extravagant decor, celebrity clientele, disco culture and general excess.
What's happening: We checked out the first weekend at the club as part of our ongoing Test Drive reviews of Chicago life experiences.
- We wanted to see if Joy District got it right and whether we're still cool enough to hang at the club:
Justin's test drive: Admittedly, I went in with very high expectations (would we see Bianca Jagger on a horse?), but I was pleasantly surprised by the club's attention to detail on the decor.
- It would be very easy to just put out a disco ball and play "Disco Inferno," but their black-and-silver window dressings, plus the light-up dance floor, showed effort in emulating the infamous NYC club.
- While I may have overdressed with my sport coat and wingtips, I just cosplayed as a Wall Street stockbroker who wandered Uptown.
Monica's test drive: I dug the free disco ball necklaces and '70s outfits, but I'd darken the dance floor earlier in the night. This will help young people feel less shy about busting out awesome robot moves like yours truly.
- One improvement from the original Studio 54: No obvious piles of cocaine anywhere.
What's next: The club will transform again from April 27-29 and one final time on May 4.
More Chicago stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Chicago.