We wanted to make something that’s universal to more people (than Cuvee),” Spot On Group owner Jim Pohl says of his new upscale bar, SHAY. “Less exclusive and more accessible.”
Pohl is opening SHAY to the general public for the first time tonight. He stresses that this project is not a departure from the nightlife business, but it isn’t a dark nightclub either, like his other spot Cuvee or the space’s previous incarnation, Crescendo, was.
It still has some nightclub facets, however: though opening earlier than Cuvee, it still doesn’t open until 9 p.m. It’s closed Sundays through Tuesdays. There’s bottle service.
But the space is much more open and lighter. Pohl’s team gutted the former dark nightclub and installed full front windows. A front bar and lounge section with a fireplace sits behind those windows, where passerbys can see in and patrons can see out. Behind that section is a large circular bar that’s surrounded by tables. There’s also a DJ booth, but no dancefloor.
- Shay has a pretty strict dress code. Dress to impress!
- Tip is already added to the bill at the bar.
Where is Shay located?
Shay is located at 222 W Ontario St near River North.
How much is cover charge at Shay?
Cover charge is generally $20 but we have access to a free girl’s guestlist.
How long will I have to wait at Shay?
Expect to wait anywhere from 20-40 min depending on when you arrive.
When is Shay open?
Fridays and Saturdays.
What are the best nights to go to Shay?
Fridays and Saturdays are typically going to be the best day to go to any Chicago night club.
What is the dress code at Shay?
Dress to impress! Collared shirt / jeans / dress shoes for guys. Avoid anything that can be considered sportswear (track jackets, jerseys, sneakers, hats, etc).
How much do drinks cost at Shay?
Beer $5–$6, wine $10+, champagne $10+, bottle service $300–$2000+.
What kind of music do they play at Shay?
Shay features mostly top 40 with a mix of hip hop and EDM.