Those who think they need travel to the city for a night out can now spare themselves the trip. Tabu (restaurant by day, club by night) will have you feeling like you're dancing at a club in the city, minus the high cover charges and outrageous bottle-service fees.
Tabu is located in the south suburbs of Chicago on a road where little more than small businesses and a community college can be found. The sign for the place makes it look like an old-fashioned banquet hall fit for 50th wedding anniversary parties, and such events do in fact take place here. During the day, Tabu operates as a restaurant and banquet facility serving Eastern European food.
At around 10 p.m. each night the restaurant transforms into a night club. Tables are pushed aside to make room for the dance floor, place settings are removed and replaced with votive candles and the music turns to the techno variety. Like any club, you can reserve a table (which does not require bottle service) that's surrounded by leather chairs and couches. The only drawback of reserving a table is that it will be located right in front of the bustling bar, meaning the rest of the crowd will bombard your space.
Drinks run from $3 for beer to $7 for mixed drinks. Bottle service will run you a minimum of $80, so grab some friends and split the charge. Get there early, because you will have to pay $10 cover after 10 p.m.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jill Kozak