There aren't many clubs in the city that can claim to have four separate floors, and if you can handle the city's dreaded permit process, why not make the most of it and expand on the empire by opening an entirely different nightclub? This is exactly what The Liquor Companies, owners of Club 720, did with the penthouse level of the building, and created Religion.
Club 720 is known for its vibrant salsa scene and Religion is ready to take its aim at the thriving pop and bottle service River North scene. They've got all the elements to compete with the established clubs: special guest DJs from LA and Vegas, a mostly female, seductively dressed clientele (if you're not on someone's guest list, cover is $10 for ladies and $20 for guys) and a 5 a.m. closing time.
Because of its name, we assumed Religion would have textured wallpaper with gaudy crosses like the kind you'd find on a Smet T-shirt or on Criss Angel, but thankfully, the décor has more of a sexy loft feel with a huge chandelier and an elevated DJ booth as the main attention grabbers. High-backed booths line the back wall for the bottle service/VIP area, which is sectioned off by a black rope. This elevated area is a must for those who want to be able to see all the action of the club as well as enjoy the view from the huge windows. If you prefer a more private experience, the lofted upstairs has more tables and a private, full bar.
Religion isn't the place to come if you're looking to hear cutting-edge dance music, but if you want radio remixes, pop jams and clubby hip hop, you won’t be disappointed. Also, this isn't the place for a night of sipping fancy cocktails (it's too fast-paced for that) but you can definitely get a round of tequila shots or a well-poured vodka tonic without a problem. It's still a little too early to tell what Religion will be known for, but it definitely will be around long enough to establish itself as a River North nightlife destination.
Centerstage Reviewer: Maya Henderson