Pop-up Party: low-key cool 'Satellite Nights' event heralds the opening of Soho House Chicago

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All the hipsters came out to play this weekend when swanky pop-up party “Satellite Nights” descended upon Chicago after tricking out the inside of a cavernous warehouse near Green and Fulton Market. The brain behind this operation was Soho House, the swanky, young and hip London-based club and hotel group known for curating highly artistic events, including these signature – and rare – pop-up parties. Some 800 people eventually packed the out-of-the-way space, which had been cleaned out and retrofitted with fans, light fixtures and bars overflowing with craft cocktails.

It was all to celebrate the August opening of Soho House Chicago on 115 N. Green street. (That opening, in and of itself, is culturally significant given that Soho finds, showcases and provides a space for further cross pollination of the best of art, design and culture well before such things or such people become mainstream. A local Soho means that there’s demand for the hotel and that Chicago’s artistic output has finally caught up with the other sorts of news [read: crime] coming out of the city.)

To that end, around 8 p.m. Saturday night Soho hosted an art talk with Hebru Brantley, Alex Chitty, Chad Kouri (from the Chicago-based art collective The Post Family,) Cody Hudson and Leslie Baum. The topic? Collaboration. Meanwhile, the art hanging from the warehouse walls reflected the aesthetic of several Chicago-based minds, including an artistic light installation by Todd Diederich, a piece from Brantley’s signature “Fly Boy” series and an illuminated BMW work by Richard Blackwell and a free- standing wooden and metal piece by Hudson.

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Brantley collaborated with local-based Artpentry, whose owner, Floyd Davis IV, tricked out the Fly Boy piece with carpentry in the form of speakers and wooden tables. (Davis also worked with Brantley on the current “Parade Day Rain” exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center.) Against a backdrop of butter leather couches, lasers lighting up the ceiling and smoke machines pumping in a blue mist, each artist discussed how and why he or she collaborates and to what end.

Said Brantley: “We decided to keep the energy and momentum going to create what’s here today.” Added Davis, when discussing working first with Red Bull and, down the line, with Brantley: “Opportunity is infinite.”

Guests were treated to craft cocktails swirled by experienced bartenders and paired with food from a taco truck, a sandwich truck and desserts provided by an ice cream truck known on Facebook as “The Chicago Ice Cream Truck.” A laser light installation pulsated to the music, and local hip hop phenom Kit performed, followed by Twin Shadow while Black Noi$e and DJ Supreme Cuts manned the turntables. Both the party and the art talk were presented by Soho’s separate partnerships with Sonos, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Corzo Tequila, Swatch And BMW i. The new Soho House, which is a hotel but is perhaps better known as a membership-only country club without the golf, will open at 113-125 N. Green Street.

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