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Spy Bar

It would be wrong, criminal even, for the birthplace of house music not to have a presence in this poll. But, perhaps surprisingly, last year, Chicago's involvement was none other than a spiritual one as house music's venues from across the UK, Europe and South America dominated the higher echelons of these pages.

Though, with US electronic music undergoing a mass renaissance, one venue in the Windy City - Spybar - is poised perfectly to reap the benefits of the inevitably heightened interest in deep, dirty underground sounds after plugging away for over a decade without sacrificing its musical integrity. Eats Everything, Maceo Plex and Items & Things just paid a visit, so you get the idea.