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Five-thousand-square-foot West Loop club pouring out cocktails made with organic juices.

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Lumen, Latin for "light," is in fact dark, very dark, but a beacon at night, since nothing else seems to be open past sunset on this desolate stretch of Fulton in the warehouse district. The ambience is modern, soothing, and almost naughty, a hybrid of Heywood-Wakefield, feng shui, and Studio 54, with blond wicker and eroticism in more or less equal proportions. And yes, there are beautiful people here, as you'd expect, though they are difficult to see in the twinkle of tiny strobe lights. My companion commented over the throbbing dance music that this was the perfect place for the coke-and-ecstasy crowd: it even has an HD television that plays soothing images of plant life in an endless loop, eye candy for the narcotized. There's a sleek, metallic bar sans bar stools and low-slung couches resembling beds--better for splaying than sitting. Martinis come in tumblers delivered by spot-on servers, attractive and high-heeled; prices are modest, and reservations are accepted.

Chip Dudley

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