If you like karaoke and you like dancing and you like Chinatown, then you're three-quarters of the way to really liking Red-I. If you also like the color red, then you're about to be very happy...
Not to be confused with the ubiquitous daily newspaper that everyone reads because it's free, Red-I is a karaoke and dance club on the second floor above the corner of Wentworth and Cermak. And yes, it's red. The entrance (red) is unassuming to say the least (a pair of paper signs are taped to the doors), and once inside, you can't help but notice the walls (red). After grabbing a drink, there are plenty of couches (very, very red) to sit on and watch the show until the dance floor opens up.
VIP rooms are available for private parties and singers who'd rather not share their talent just yet, and the change is made from karaoke to dance at 10 p.m. Entry is free during karaoke hours (expect to hear karaoke-friendly songs like "I Will Survive"); later on you might have to pony up $5. On Saturdays 272 Entertainment steps in to handle the music, a fact that matters if you're into beats. If you're running low on cash, bring a college ID (plus your real one) and get yourself a 10 percent discount.
Centerstage Reviewer: Mac McCormick