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THUMP Mix: Chrissy

The Chicago-based dance music historian is at the top of his game.
David Garber
7.21.17
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Chicago Smart Bar Resident Olin Announces New Label and Shares 'Conne' EP

He's called the imprint Boundary Monument.
Alexander Iadarola
10.18.16
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'Daphne' Series Celebrating Women and Non-binary Electronic Musicians Returns to Smartbar

The scheduled performers for the event include Cherushii and The Black Madonna.
Britt Julious
6.26.16
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Smart Bar's 2016 Residents Are Better Than Your Guest DJs

Chicago clubbing institution nurtures world-class homegrown talent.
Joshua Glazer
1.13.16
feminism

The Black Madonna: "Clubs Are Dangerous for Women"

One of Chicago's finest DJs on the necessity of female empowerment in contemporary club culture.
Chloë Arkenbout
9.2.15
pride

The 10 Most Fab Gay Dance Parties (with Actual Good Music) in North America

From coast to coast, this is where pride meets the party.
THUMP Staff
6.5.15
Words

Chicago House Music Community Rallies in the Wake of Tragic Car Crash

Don't drink and drive.
Michelle Lhooq
1.23.15
Music

The State of House Music in the Home of House

House music is now global music. But what is house music like in Chicago, the birthplace of house? I attended Queen!, a house club night in Chicago, to find out.
Brittany Julious
11.9.14
Words

We Didn't Know This Would Be Goodbye

Smart Bar remembers Frankie Knuckles.
Marea Stamper
4.2.14
Words

Orchard Lounge is Headed Into Hibernation

In-depth with the duo about their marriage, the Disco Biscuits, and taking time off to make their first record.
David Garber
11.27.13