A Suburban Mom's Guide to Clubbing in Chicago
Love Latin flavor? Check out Rumba
The bartender swivels his hips as he mixes my tiny $8 mojito. It's hard not to dance here as salsa music pulsates through this sexy River North club. Exposed-brick walls and ceiling-to-floor burgundy drapes surround the dance floor.
It's after midnight. Wendy Thompson, 46, and Mary Hersema, 51, both of the south suburbs, sit in one of the curved booths along the wall. Their daughters brought them here for a special night out, complete with a dance lesson, dinner and lots of salsa dancing.
The loud music makes it tough to talk, but Wendy and Mary are having a great time. "You don't go here to talk," Wendy shouts over the music. Rumba is a Latin fusion supper club known for its dance floor. Around 11 p.m., the staff clears the tables away to make room for dancing. Within minutes, the area teems with women in skirts and heels and men in collared shirts. Live bands perform nightly.
Vibe High energy; great for people who want to learn to dance or watch salsa dancing.
Getting there 351 W. Hubbard Street (312/222-0770). $10 cover; $10 for valet.