'Wired Fridays' has Cultural Center dancing

Every first and third Friday at noon, the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center transforms into a nightclub of sorts. It is billed as "Wired Fridays," a free event where people are delighted to find a live deejay playing the best in house and juke music.
February 22, 2014 9:01:34 PM PST
You don't have to go to a nightclub or wait until the wee hours of the morning to pull out your best dance moves, now you can work up a sweat during your lunch break in a place downtown where you might least likely expect to find dim lights and a deejay.

"I feel Iike I'm back at the Warehouse or the Bismarck or one of the clubs back in the day. It's really, really taking me back," said Tiffany White.

For others it's a way to warm up in the most fun way.

"This is wonderful, are you kidding? Cabin fever. This time of the year. Oh my God some place to dance! I don't care what kind of dancing," said Irene Flores.

Every first and third Friday at noon, the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center transforms into a nightclub of sorts. It is billed as "Wired Fridays," a free event where people are delighted to find a live deejay playing the best in house and juke music.

Organizers say it just one more way to expand their offerings and highlight the diversity of the Chicago music scene.

"This season we decided to focus specifically on house music and juke music because they are some Chicago art forms that are unique to the city and really needed a spotlight," said Chris Chalusky, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Even with the loud music and partiers all around them, some people still manage to get work done. Others say this lunch break is a great way to jump start the weekend.

"What's the best way to start your Friday other than coming and getting a little dance on in the middle of your day?" Maria Olalee said.

Some of Chicago's best known deejays, including Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, are slated to showcase their skills during the series, which runs through May.

For more information and a complete schedule: City of Chicago "Wired Fridays"