By Megan Jones
Naperville Sun • Published: Sep 01, 2023
After opening dates came and went, the much-anticipated The Matrix Club entertainment venue in Naperville is finally in business.
The 75,000-square-foot venue can accommodate banquets, conventions, weddings, parties, live music and weddings, parties, live music and concerts, theater performances and other events and boasts, among other things, a restaurant, bar, art gallery and recording studio.
Located in a former Sam’s Club building at 808 S. Route 59, it will serve as a multicultural building owner Madan Kulkarni says will bring large groups of people together for music and art.
“Music is a global language allowing us to communicate from country to country,” Kulkarni said. “There was always this wish we had to provide a platform and show that can be fused together.”
The club’s 4,500-square-foot restaurant, The Matrix Room, opens Friday, Sept. 8, and will feature international farm-to-table dishes that run the regional gamut from Southeastern Asia to Napa Valley to Italy, said Cherryl Marcey, the venue’s director of event sales and marketing.
It will also feature a music lounge and fusion bar, called Meg’s Lounge, named after Kulkarni’s daughter Meghna, who died unexpectedly last year.
“She was an integral part of our team and was an inspiration to Madan and some of us here, so we wanted her to be a part of this concept,” Marcey said.
The Dhrishti Center for Performing Arts includes an art gallery, 250-seat theater opening Sept. 18, dance and music schools and a yoga studio. A sound lab with a recording studio where people can create their own podcasts and shows is ready for rentals.
Kulkarni said they plan to cater to a global community by bringing Kulkarni said they plan to cater to a global community by bringing concerts that showcase a wide range of music.
“We will bring in people from the tri-state area coming to dine and stay at our hotels,” he said. “This promotes music and also brings in a lot for our local economy.”
They are already looking at hosting artists from Mandan, South Asia, Greece and Poland.
The club faced many delays after originally planning to open its doors in December 2022. Several local schools, including Neuqua Valley in Naperville and Metea Valley in Aurora, were forced to move their proms this spring because construction was not complete.
Kulkarni said some of the problems stemmed from many unexpected supply chain issues following the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in construction delays.
All the schools that wanted to hold their proms at the venue this year have rebooked for 2024 and 2025 proms, Marcey said.
“We’ve held good relationships with the administrators of those schools and they are ecstatic for us to host their events,” she said.
The club has already hosted several large gatherings, including a 350-person Indian pre-wedding party and an Indian Prairie School District 204 event attended by more than 2,000 educators — the first time they had all district educators under one roof in more than 10 years, officials said.
Annual events, including the Naperville Woman’s Club Witches Night Out and the Edward Foundation’s Big Gig: Jazzin’ It Up gala, are booked at The Matrix Club this year.
“Premium charities coming here to do events is the end result of what we hoped would happen,” Kulkarni said. “We created this to bring communities together and push forward the agenda of being supportive of each other.”
Reference Site: Chicago Tribune