With the weekend opening of 8 Fifty 8 in the West Loop, Chicago’s nightclub drought is officially over. It’s been so long since we’ve seen a new dance floor—what, nearly a year?—that we won’t even worry about the number of names that have been attached to this address (Reserve, Veil, Theatro, and Opera, to mention a few). We played it cool and let the first responders flock on Friday, biding our time until Saturday, when True Blood’s Joe Manganiello made his own appearance (that’s him with the navy jacket, the smoldering stare, the denim sleeves artfully rolled to display his biceps). Browse our photos below.


Photography: Jeff Schear