Yellow light: slow down.
Red light: you’ve just found a clandestine new beer-and-a-shot joint.
But only if it’s the red light above the door at East Room, a speakeasy-esque loft from some Boiler Room guys that’s now happily doing its thing in Logan Square.
You might have a little trouble finding the place. The entrance is on Medill, that weird little offshoot from Milwaukee Avenue. There’s no number. Just a graffitied brick wall and a nearby ‘L’ track plastered with the Banksy-esque head of Bill Cosby.
Also, a black door with that single red lightbulb above it. If it’s off, it’s just you and the Cos. If it’s on, proceed upstairs.
What you’ll find: a generous wedge of a barroom with vintage red wallpaper, jet-black furniture and, somewhere in the back, a lamp in the shape of a female nude. All your usual accoutrements for a night of old-school soul and good Sazeracs.
While the music selection changes nightly, you’ll be able to count on a respectable selection of nearly 30 beers and 40 whiskeys. It’s cash only, but they have an ATM. Show the receipt to your bartender, and he’ll hook you up with a shot of Paddy, the house whiskey.
You just won banking.