Arriving around 2:30, I wanted to get a quick update in before things really kicked off. Being a skeptic, I have to admit one thing right off: I could easily feel the excitement and it is contagious. The doors to Musikfest Cafe officially opened at 3:00 P.M. Waiting in line, I was starting to become excited about being here. The advance ticket were $15.00. With the crowd slowly growing, I am still a skeptic if it is going to be worth the price. I would also love to be proven dead wrong on every point today. So far, it looks like everyone will enjoy the show / awards and it will be worth it.
There is a new restaurant / nightclub in Allentown. Chicago Nightlife (formerly Stratus) officially opened the doors at 4. Right now, there are only a few people here. One thing that seriously impresses me about this place is the layout. The main area has a bar with plenty of seating and 9 tables seating 4 each. The main restaurant area features a fireplace and tables / seats. The back area is the stage with a bar / nice size stage for a band of 5 to perform and a dance area. Another aspect is the overall atmosphere. Blue lighting and friendly bartenders lend to this place being a great one to relax and escape life. The first band, Common Bond starts at 9 tonight.
Overall recommendation: Due to layout and atmosphere I would place Chicago Nightlife on top of your list of places this weekend. Official Grand Opening is next Friday with Trick Stacy taking the stage.
Chicago Nightlife is located on Airport Rd and Congress. It is at the Congress St. end of the shopping center where Redner's ls located.
Check out their hot website!