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Wired Fridays

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“Wired Fridays” Series Ignites Lunchtime with
DJs and Electronic Dance Music

Wired Fridays in the Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Square

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Wired Fridays is a Mid-day dance party series featuring DJs and electronic music.


Roy Davis Jr.Roy Davis Jr.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.*

Roy Davis Jr. is, in no uncertain terms, a legendary DJ and producer from Chicago who has helped define electronic music. His self-titled “soul-electronic” sound is a hybrid of garage, disco, R&B, house, hip-hop and soul and it has graced everything from underground imprints to major league labels since the 90s, including Defected, Strictly Rhythm, King Street Sounds, XL Recordings, Universal, Sony and Warner Brothers. A regular at Smart Bar in Chicago, Yellow in Japan and Fabric in London, Roy is responsible for the massive 1996 hit “Gabriel.” In years since, Roy has penned or appeared on chart-topping releases for artists including Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Morcheeba.

*This special Wired Fridays event kicks off the season and will be held outside at Daley Plaza. Subsequent Wired Fridays will take place at their usual home, the Chicago Cultural Center.

 Derrick Carter

Derrick Carter

Friday, November 6, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center

One of the pinnacles of Chicago house music's '90s wave, Derrick Carter continues to be a leading light in the DJ world. A recent resident at Smart Bar, his sets are rooted in house but he freely travels outside club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever catches his fancy. As a result, Derrick is a celebrated figure in both the U.S. and Europe among dance-music aficionados.

 Mickey Oliver

Mickey Oliver

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center

Destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses, Mickey Oliver was recently named one of the 10 most influential DJs of all time by the London Observer. As a founding member of the groundbreaking Chicago radio mix show team on 102.7 WBMX, known as the “Hot Mix 5,” Mickey drew global attention to house music with his incredible DJ mixes. Pioneering many of the turntable tactics that have influenced the best DJs even to this day, he has produced and released many hits, two of which are included in the top 10 all-time house music records, “In-ten-si-T” and “You Used To Hold Me.” The City of Chicago recently recognized Mickey for his contributions to dance music by naming a street after him called “Mickey Mixin’ Oliver Blvd.”



Friday, December 4, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center

For an international audience reawakening to the influence of Chicago house during the 1990s, Curtis A. Jones acted as the renaissance leader. He donned his straight-ahead house guise Cajmere and a flamboyant, neon-haired acid-house alter-ego named Green Velvet for several of the most memorable underground house tracks of the decade including “Preacher Man,” “Answering Machine” “Brighter Days” and “Flash.” Jones also helmed two highly respected labels in the new school of Chicago house, Cajual and Relief.

 Merwyn Sanders

Merwyn Sanders

Friday, December 18, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center

Musician, producer and DJ Merwyn Sanders recorded his first two EPs, Virgo and M.E., in Chicago with childhood friend Eric Lewis in the late 1980s. Released on Trax Records in the U.S. and then licensed to Radical Records in the U.K., the albums are both regarded as seminal house records. Sanders and Lewis then followed up with M.E. EP on Trax and a fourth release as Ace & The Sandman on Trax subsidiary Saber Records.





Every First and Third Friday




12 Noon - 1 pm





Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor North
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602








The following services are available for persons with disabilities:

  • Accessible entrance, 77 E. Randolph St.
  • Accessible restroom facilities
  • Wheelchair loans, see information desk for availability
  • ASL interpreters are provided with 72 hours notice
  • Assisted Listening Devices available for public event




Public Transportation:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.

Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station. 

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