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View Map1045 N. Rush St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 397-1045
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Editorial Review of Level

Aiming to replace the French-style pretensions for which Domaine (pun fully intended) was formerly reputed, Level prides itself on sleek, modern stylings. An inverted pyramid of Grey Goose bottles hangs behind the bar near the club entrance, opposite a slightly elevated stage with conversation-friendly seating arrangements. Despite the general ensemble of blue, silver and black, details like velvety couches and a canopy of low lighting over the lounge area adds a nice balance of warmth to the cool.

Focusing on restaurant-quality customer service, the managers consider all of the guests "VIP." That said, highly coveted spots (behind frosted glass doors or in a Jacuzzi-like swirl of isolated seating) and even a little privacy cost more than the $20 cover. Even if you're not set on presidential treatment but would like to settle at a table, plan on calling and making a reservation ahead of time; the tables are generally booked before the club opens each night. Otherwise, there's plenty of seating to go around, including high stools and tables around the periphery of the dance floor.

The musical roster features DJs from across the country as well as a few residents spinning house and new and old school hip-hop Wednesday through Sunday. Fortunately, dancing was a high priority for the club designers, with a second dance floor upstairs sliding right up to the wall of windows looking out over Rush.

Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman

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10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday; 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday; 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday; closed Monday and Wednesday

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