A Chicago city councillor from the 35th ward has recently suggested the city should honour its rich heritage of ‘Chicago house music’ by opening two 24-hour nightclubs dedicated to House music, as the genre was born in Chicago.
In a Twitter thread, Ramirez-Rosa said:
“House music was born in Chicago. I’ve met many tourists who are shocked to learn Chicago has no late-night house music clubs. We should consider allowing two 24-hour nightclubs (one downtown/northside, one southside) to tap into the international market for Chicago house music.”
He continued to detail his idea, saying:
“Licensees would pay a premium and be required to support Chicago’s cultural heritage of house music by funding workshops, symposiums, classes, or events,”
There would be opportunities to use the clubs as multi-purpose venues, not just solely for house music club events but also to host lectures on the influence of Frankie Knuckles and the education of the music and its history.
At present, Chicago’s licensing rules mean clubs close at 2 am, with a few exceptions allowed to open until 4 am.
Will this spark more support from other city officials? It could be a perfect way to celebrate the city’s rich heritage in House music and add to the city’s tourism attractions.