Fall’s most coveted invitation was a glossy black poster mailed to 600 VIPs; it heralded a one-night-only reincarnation of Ian Schrager’s famed Studio 54 nightclub, marking the first time he’s officially sanctioned a disco party since the club closed its doors more than 30 years ago. He made the exception to toast the one-year anniversary of his glossy Chicago outpost, Public hotel (1301 N. State), on Oct. 9. Schrager began the night with a private dinner for 26 guests (including Billy Zane, Victor Skrebneski, Stanley Paul, Neal Zucker, Marko Iglendza and Nina Mariano) in the hotel’s 17th-floor private party room. As guests dined on lobster tail and lamb chops, he joked, “I’ve spent my whole life trying to get away from Studio 54, and now I’ve got this party downstairs.” At 8:30, the doors swung open and hundreds of guests — including DuJour magazine’s Jason Binn, who flew in from New York for the occasion — danced to the beats of DJ Johnny “Jellybean” Benitez in the Pump Room. The party raged on until 1 a.m.
Story by Susanna Negovan | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen