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Monday Mix - Danny Daze Live @ Griessmuehle [Berlin]

Couldn’t be more thankful to have Danny Daze here on Saturday with Honey Dijon and Hugo Ball’s own Sevron. Take a listen to Danny’s set from Griessmuehle earlier this year and get an idea of what’s in store. Tickets are available right here:…

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Monday November 20th

Monday Mix - Octo Octa for Groove Mag

Octo Octa is no stranger to our room, but what we love about her appearances is that she typically brings us very special LIVE SETS. As you all well know, a live set is its own special entity, the likes of which will never be replicated again, which makes this coming Friday night a real special treat.…

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Monday October 23rd

Monday Mix - The Black Madonna @ Lente Kabinet Festival

What can we say about our beloved Black Madonna? From resident to talent buyer to world-traveler; we’ve known her for many a long year. That’s why we’re so very excited to host her back in Chicago this Saturday night at Hugo Ball!…

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Monday October 16th

Monday Mix - Ben Sims for Mumdance on Rinse FM

Here at smartbar, we’re big believers in supporting the dance community through thick and thin. As many of you already know, Oktave Recordsfounder Jeff Derringer has been busy beating cancer for the second time, so in anticipation of that victory we’re going to be donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to Imerman Angels, an organization that provides one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.…

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Monday October 9th

Monday Mix - Anthony Parasole "FACT Mix"

Anthony Parasole is a man who needs no introduction, but we’re not ones to shy away from a good origin story. A longtime fixture in New York’s underground club scene, the Berghain resident’s fusion of street culture and techno tenets consistently challenges dancefloors worldwide.

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Monday September 18th

Monday Mix - Courtesy for Resident Advisor

“Najaaraq Vestbirk, the Copenhagen-based DJ known as Courtesy, has a style defined by dazzling contrasts. Linear beats collide with broken rhythms and ravey breaks. Sinister atmospheres are shot through with streaks of warmth. Scuzzy textures turn ultra-clean from one moment to the next.…

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Monday September 11th

Monday Mix - Carl Craig BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Carl Craig doesn’t just blaze trails—he builds whole universes one mix at a time. The Detroit-based producer will be popping into smartbar on September 9 to help us celebrate our 35th anniversary, and we’ll be needing your assistance on the dance floor.

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Monday September 4th

Monday Mix - Oskar Offermann's Resident Advisor Mix

The deep house expert Oskar Offermann is stopping in this Friday night so it seemed only appropriate to share this spacey mix with you all. Dive in and plan to explore the dance floor with us this Friday – no helmets required.…

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Monday August 28th

Monday Mix - Juana "Early In The Morning"

Very excited to have this mix from Juana for Savile’s [service] residency this Friday night. Take a listen to get in the mood and nab your advance tickets while they’re hot. See you on the dancefloor.…

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Monday August 21st

Monday Mix - Sevron for Abstract Science Radio

What can we say about the smartbar resident & Hugo Ball co-creator that hasn’t already been said? Take a listen to Sevron’s mix for Abstract Science Radio and get a feel for what you can expect Friday night when he makes an appearance alongside Subject Detroit alum DJ Bone.…

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Monday August 14th

Monday Mix - Justin Martin "After Hours Mix"

As Lollapalooza looms nearer we’re elated to welcome DirtyBird founder Justin Martin to the booth for an official Lollapalooza aftershow. This one already sold out in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a journey through his After Hours mix and hope to get some of the limited tickets available at the door Friday night.…

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Monday July 31st

Monday Mix - Helena Hauff for Dekmantel

Saturday night Resident Advisor and Hugo Ball welcome Helena Hauff to the decks with an appearance from some of the Hugo Ball crew, including Eris Drew, Justin Long and Sevron.


$15 Advance, $20 Doors // Doors: 10PM / Show: 10PM // 21+…

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Monday July 24th

Monday Mix - Jayda G "DISCWOMAN 16"

Jayda G (Freakout Cult, 1080p) returns to Smartbar this Friday, bringing the infectious energy and groove you need to start your weekend off right. Vibing high and hot off the release of her new Freakout Cult record with Laylay, Jayda G hits Chicago before continuing on to Boston, and NYC for Panorama arthritis Music Festival.…

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Monday July 17th

Monday Mix - Kevin Saunderson "Live in Madrid

Have you heard about this lil 35th Anniversary shindig we’re kicking off this summer? Here’s the rundown: July marks smartbar’s 35th year of being the greatest dance floor in Chicago (and let’s face it, probably the world). It’s a pretty big deal and wouldn’t ya know it, techno luminary KEVIN SAUNDERSON is pitching in with the festivities.

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Monday July 10th

Monday Mix - Speedy J "All Night Long 2016"

Saturday Oktave is back with special guest Speedy J and resident Jeff Derringer. Take a listen to the first half of Speedy J’s all night set from 2016 and get a feeling for what to expect. See you on the dance floor.…

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Monday June 26th

Monday Mix - Lauren Flax for Good Room Podcast

Lauren Flax is a DJ, songwriter & record producer. Her discography is extensive, flush with originals, collaborations and remixes, including projects with a long list of world class talent such as Grammy-nominated artist Sia, Kim Ann Foxman, Romy XX and Tricky.…
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Monday May 29th

Monday Mix - Laurel Halo for Truancy

Over the course of several EPs, two albums and many live performances, Laurel Halo has created music which is as strikingly original and engaging as it is unbound to conventions. There is an adventurousness in taste, an expert ear for detail and talent in seeking out exciting and surprising sonic combinations and contrasts – all skillfully antidepressants bound together without ever feeling forced.…

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Monday May 22nd

Monday Mix - Avalon Emerson Live at Printworks London

Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. Her journey has taken her from that sunbaked state to the contemporary dance music mecca via a long stint in San Francisco, where she cut her teeth as a DJ in the city’s storied warehouse party scene.
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Monday May 15th


As promised, this two hour mix of intense music is sold and Eris Drew’s follow-up to their presentation at 2017’s Daphne workshop on women in electronic music at Smart Bar. At the extremes the mix includes some of the most healing, refined and focused music ever committed to tape (e.g., C.C.…

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Wednesday April 26th

Monday Mix - Tony Fairchild 'Service' Mix

Kicking off this weekend is a new recurring event curated by our own extremely talented resident Savile. Featuring Tony Fairchild and adab during its first iteration, SERVICE is a residency centered around hospitality in all the connotations of the word.

Service {yourself}
Service online pharmacy no rx {each other}
Service {the room}

Setting a table for conversation, interaction.…

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Monday April 24th