At 11,000-square-feet, Republic is one of Chicago's most gargantuan nightclubs. And when it splashed onto the scene in early 2007, the club’s owners made appropriately gigantic promises: "We anticipate Republic will create an entertainment revolution," said owner Marc Bortz (the nightlife dynamo behind Jet Vodka Lounge and Cabaret Cocktail Boutique).
Feeling that nightlife has lately become a bust—with unreasonably high drink prices and excessively long lines—Bortz and partners Ed Tunney and Henry Cardenas opened Republic with the goal of creating an "experience for the people." Those who like to dance will find ample space to do so: Club-goers can show their appreciation for the in-house DJs spinning hip-hop, trance or global beats on two massive dance floors. Occasional live acts add to the unpredictable soundtrack.
Lounge lizards will feel right at home amidst living room-like nooks filled with chocolate and cream leather booths, billowy curtains and chandeliers. Mosaic tiles and zebra wood covers the walls, and crystal lamps imported from Czechoslovakia top each of the club’s three bars.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg