Because December 31st would be too warm elsewhere, you decided to ring in 2013 in gloomy, ice-covered Chicago. No matter, we’ve brought you the undeniably hottest list of New Year’s Eve parties the Windy City has to offer, guaranteed to defrost your post-holiday blues and get your blood flowing with booze. Click over to our latest Top List, Top Chicago New Year’s Eve Parties to Welcome 2013, and dance the year away in style.
For the last six years the Club World Awards have been presented at a huge gala in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. Club World Magazine, formerly known as Club Systems International Magazine, is a book strictly for the club industry. I spoke to Club World Awards’ honcho Kerri Mason who told me that, “this year’s awards ceremony was canceled because of the perception that the economy would stop many from attending the WMC.” This turned out to be only partly true and according to Kerri, “the gala will be back on next year.” I am one of the twelve judges who vote on the people or organizations that have excelled in the past year and the votes are weighted so that you vote for the best, second best, and so on. I don’t know the names of the other judges as it is a big secret – I guess it’s so they can’t be bribed — but I am perceived to be above reproach and I’m therefore allowed to show myself. Here is this year’s ballot for your interest. I will reveal the winners here exclusively, tomorrow or Wednesday.
Rank 1-6 Best Sound System 1 Advanced Audio Technology, Glo 4 FBP Group, Body English 5 Systems By Shorty, Splash Bar 2 Mike McCray of Sound Investment & Speed of Sound, Beta 3 Louis Puig & David Padilla, Stereo @ Parkwest 6 The Pool at Harrah’s
Rank 1-5 Best Lighting System 3 Aerobar, Miami Beach 1 Lighting Methods, Glo 5 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Lighting Methods, Palladium 4 SJ Lighting, Versus Rank 1-5 Best Video System 3 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Ohm Productions, Tattoo Bar 1 SJ Lighting & Sound Investment, Rokvegas 4 Mike McCray, Beta 5 US Communications, Hawaiian Tropic Zone
Rank 1-6 Best Interior Design 6 Aramik Gragosian, Versus 4 AvroKO, Lavo 5 Deepsleep Studio, Parkwest 1 Jeffrey Beers International, Fuse 2 Niemitz Design, Shrine 3 Seed Design, Christian Audigier
Promotion Rank 1-6 Best One-Off 1 DJ Am & Travis Barker at LAX 5 Labor Day with Kaskade and Deadmau5 at Wet Republic 2 Made, Pacha & AM Only present One Night Only 4 N9Ne Group presents Midsummer’s Night Dream 3 Made Event, Sunday School for Degenerates 6 Steve Lockwood, Vegas Blondeshell Awards
Rank 1-6 Best Party 2 Summer Surprise Series at Pure 6 Aquatic at The Pool at Harrah’s 1 Dance.Here.Now. at Cielo 3 Glow at Ibiza 5 Godskitchen at Body English 4 Perfecto at Rain
Technicians Rank 1-6 Best Resident DJ 5 Colette, Smart Bar Chicago 4 DJ Vice, Lavo Las Vegas 1 Francois K, Cielo New York 6 Oscar G, Space Miami 3 Paul Oakenfold, Rain Las Vegas 2 Victor Calderone, Pacha New York
Rank 1-6 Best Resident LJ 2 Eric Moyano, Bliss Lounge New Jersey 5 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 3 Jeff Novak, LAX Las Vegas 4 Jose Vargas, Glo Westbury 6 Matt Beecher, mur.mur. Atlantic City 1 Timmy Lights, Pacha New York
Rank 1-5 Best Resident VJ 5 DVDJ G-Funk, Beta Denver 2 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 4 Roonie G, Saddle Ranch Los Angeles 3 VJ Psyberpixie, Set 1 United Vision, Pacha New York
Rank 1-6 Best Sound Product 3 Cerwin Vega Passive Series Subs 1 Funktion-One Dance Stack Array Engineer 4 Sencore SP495 SoundPro EX 5 Martin Audio Omniline Micro-Line Array System 6 Crest Audio CC5200 Amplifier
Rank 1-6 Best DJ Product 6 Ultrasone Pro DJ Headphones 4 Stanton Da Scratch 3 Pioneer MEP-7000 & SEP-C1 5 Allen & Heath XONE:4D 2 Denon DN-HS5500 1 Traktor Scratch Pro 2 JBL VP Series
Best LED Product 2 Megalite Axis LED 1 MBT LED Panel 4 Elation Professional FlexLED Tape 3 American DJ Accu LED MH 5 Chauvet COLORdash BATTEN
Rank 1-5 Best Video Product 1 Edirol V-8 Video Mixer 5 Green Hippo Hippotizer V3 R2 Media Servers 2 DJScreen.com DJ Screen 3 Numark ArKaos GrandVJ software 4 Sencore/Lumagen RadianceXD
Rank 1-6 Best Lighting Product 1 Robe Color Wash 2500E AT 5 Elation Professional Design 300 Series 2 Martin Professional SmartMAC 6 MADRIX – LED Lighting Control Software 3 Road Hog Full Boar 4 Chauvet Q-Spot 250 LED
Rank 1-5 Best Effect Product 4 Omnisistem Magic Box 3 MediaLas Showlaser System Infinity 5 Technological Artisans ClubCat Laser 2 X-Laser XA100G Skywriter 1 Martin RGB Laser 1.6
People’s Choice Rank 1-6 Best DJ Set 4 Danny Tenaglia “Futurism” Party 1 DJ AM & DJ Jazzy Jeff at Shrine 2 Pacha NYC presents David Guetta 3 The Martinez Brothers, ÉTÉ D’AMOUR 6 Kaskade, SF Love Fest 5 Erick Morillo at Tao Memorial Day Weekend
The Chicago celeb is a rare creature …
1. The Underground (Near North Side) – Everyone who’s anyone has stepped their pedicured feet through the ironclad doors, partying their asses off ’til 4 a.m. 2. Gibsons Steakhouse (North Side) – Politicos and tourists gather for big steaks, great service, and live piano music at this Chicago institution. 3. Smart Bar (Wrigleyville) – Rockers and their groupies congregate here after a show at Metro.
4. The Peninsula (Gold Coast) – If a feature is being filmed in Chicago, then this hotel is where its tars are slipping out the back. 5. Rockit Bar and Grill (North Side) – Name the famous faces sinking their teeth into a Rockit Burger or shooting stick upstairs behind a velvet rope.
Of course, you probably have to do something wrong first
1. Hogs & Honeys (Lincoln Park) – The stocky dude in charge will have his bouncer escort you to the door. 2. Nick’s Beer Garden (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – Kissing a drunk guy’s mom is a good way to get into a brawl. 3. Smart Bar (Wrigleyville) – Beware the bathroom gestapo and their bartender overlords.
4. Estelle’s (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – Rockers, industry folks, and Trixies convene in red booths post-2 a.m.. 5. Lumen (The Loop) – The club for people who hate people who go to clubs. Mind your manners.
Camouflage yourself with a faux hawk and skinny jeans, be very quiet, and don’t let them see you …
1. Sonotheque (Ukranian Village) – Chicago’s best sound system in an acoustically designed chill chamber. You listening? 2. Smart Bar (Wrigleyville) – Free admission to Diplo after MIA’s set upstairs would make anyone happy. 3. Rodan (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – That is, when they’re not standing around looking aloof.
4. Hideout (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – Indie-rock honkytonk that will make you fall in love with PBR and live music all over again. 5. Danny’s Tavern (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – It’s too packed to move, but that won’t stop anyone.