Red Dog

1958 West North

Later known as Ohm, this was the longtime home of Chicago’s epic Monday night Boom Boom Room party. A second-story bar/club on the corner of North and Milwaukee, Red Dog was a pillar of underground house music culture on Chicago’s North Side during the 1990s and early 2000s. Anchored by DJ sets performed by some of the genre’s second-wave stars (Lego, Diz, Gemini, Jevon Jackson etc.) the club was notorious for its elevated DJ booth, go-go dancers, and Boom Boom’s fabulous door queen and promoter, Byrd Bardot.



Jevon Jackson’s first time at Red Dog

A month before his twenty-first birthday, Jevon Jackson tried to get into The Warehouse on Randolph but was rebuffed at the door. With little to lose, he and his friend Charles Little jumped back in the car and drove to the corner of North and Milwaukee. The security guard took one look at his I.D., and seeing that he would soon be twenty-one, allowed him up. At first Jackson couldn't believe there was a club in the upstairs space because it was so insulated he couldn't hear the sound system. When he opened the door he was blown away. As his eyes adjusted to the room, he noticed the DJ pointing at him with a lit cigarette, beckoning him to come over. He climbed up into the booth and low and behold, it was his buddy Diz.

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