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Shay Is the Quintessential River North Nightclub

Complete with thumping music, bottle service, and a huge, dark room, this is the newest see-and-be-seen spot for the beautiful set.

Patrons at Shay   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

The website for the new bar Shay (222 W. Ontario St., River North) is pretty coy about the spot’s purpose—there’s a lot of talk about its “progressive environment” and its “luxurious yet accessible brand"—but we won’t be. This latest offering from the team behind the nearby Cuvée is a straight-up club, complete with bottle service and beautiful people.

Evenings here start out quiet, but by the time we visited Saturday evening, the place was stuffed with well-heeled types sipping Champagne and sampling snacks sized appropriately for eating while drinking. Patrons clad in short, tight dresses and button-down shirts milled around the dark space while the DJ spun late into the night.

Here’s what all we saw when we swung by.

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