On the Floor at Rodan
By Hanna Aronovich in Food on Mar 16, 2006 5:10PM
It’s no secret that sometimes Chicagoist likes to cut loose and dance up a storm. But finding a nightspot where we can unleash our dance moves is tricky. We just can’t deal with the club scene: cover charges, high-priced drinks, the flashy outfits – no thanks. So, what are we to do? Why, create our own dance floor, of course.
Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee) has been a longtime spot on Chicagoist's barhopping circuit, but we recently discovered the back space can easily be turned into a dance floor. The decor is light, simple and sleek with blonde woods, grays, suede blues and ambient lighting. Tables fill the front bar area, while the back features plush stools and benches on the right, and booths on the left. The back wall doubles as a screen for video art showings. The video theme continues into the restrooms, with video-screen mirrors above the sinks.
The back area has sizeable open floor space in front of the video wall, making this a prime spot to showcase some dance moves. Chicagoist recommends heading to Rodan on Friday nights, which tend to be more crowded than Saturday. We grabbed our friends, ordered a round of lychee martinis, and got our dancing on. After a few songs, the floor was hopping. The DJs play a mix of funk, electronica and house, but happily took Chicagoist’s request for some New Order.
Overlooked by Chicagoist’s night-owl tendencies, Rodan also serves food, with brighter lights and softer music creating the restaurant vibe. The menu features South American and Asian fare, and we’ve heard raves about the fish tacos and wasabi fries. If you can wake up before sunset, Sunday brunch is also served. Rodan hosts events, including cult movies on Mondays, and jazz and video performances during the week.
Swanky enough to draw a trendy crowd, but relaxed enough to accommodate a spontaneous dance floor, Rodan is a must on the weekend destination list.
Images via Michael Digioia