Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Oakenfold plays Le Passage

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This just in:

Paul Oakenfold--one of the world's most famous deejays--is having dinner at Le Passage's hot new Drawing Room on Saturday. Then, after his concert that night he returns to the late-night club to spin until 5am. 937 N. Rush St., 312-255-0022.

Doing good in the 'hood

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Randee and Larry Estes, owners of U Lucky Dawg and Max's Italian Beef

U Lucky Dawg (6821 N. Western Ave., 773-989-4488) hosts an all-American feast on Thanksgiving Day for disadvantaged families in the Chicago area. Owners Larry and Randee Estes will be serving roasted turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and vegetables as well as mini-Vienna beef hot dogs as appetizers.

The feast runs 11am-3pm. Know someone who can benefit from this event? Have them call 773-989-4488 for a reservation.

Black Wednesday bashes

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DJ Samantha Ronson (center) flanked by PR divas Susie Schreiber (left) and Kiran Advani of Zapwater Communications

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, so you know what that means. It’s time to cut loose before you head home to the families. Feast your eyes on these bashes certain to whet your nightlife appetite:

Butch McGuire’s (20 W. Division St., 312-337-9080). Head here as soon as you get off (by 2pm hopefully!) as this legendary Irish bar decorates the entire venue with choo-choo trains, whimsical Dr. Seuss characters and more tinsel than you can handle. $10 after 5pm.

Chaise Lounge (1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840). Half-price bottles of selected wines, a heated deck with lush, Miami-style cabana seating and a deejay are exactly what you’ll need to get ready for the relatives manana.

Citizen (364 W. Erie St., 312-640-1156). Get your grub on one day early with bottomless pasta for $14.95, $3 Snow Queen Lemon Drops and $125 bottles of Snow Queen vodka. Deejays K.O. and Risky Biz spin indoors and also on the heated, tented deck.

Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2473). Hot shot celebrity deejay Samantha Ronson does her monthly residency at the new Hotel Sax’s swanky lounge.

Cuartro (2030 S. Wabash Ave., 312-842-8856). Groove Parlor features deep house maestro Mark Grant and Groove Parlor founder Mario Romay. 10pm-2am.

Jilly’s Too! (1009 N. Rush St., 312 664-0009). Downtown Melissa Brown hosts her annual bash for a mature crowd looking for something beyond the usual bar scenes. She’s gathered a number of her “downtown diva” friends (including 312 Dining Diva!) for a fun party that begins with a comp champagne reception at 8:30pm. Donny Greco performs.

Y (224 W. Ontario St., 312-274-1880). Make your way to Tony Macey's pre-Thanksgiving event at this sexy lounge known for its infamous Wednesday night parties. Get there by 10pm for guaranteed admission.