Finally, an opportunity to wear sunglasses inside a nightclub without looking like you’re trying too hard.
River North club Enclave will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most people wearing sunglasses in the dark” Friday, and will try do it with a little help from Lil Jon. The “Get Low” and “Snap Yo Fingers” rapper, who is rarely photographed without his shades, will DJ at Enclave — his third stint there in 10 months — after the record attempt.
A crowd of 424 people, including former president George W. Bushand Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan, set the record in June, wearing sunglasses in the dark at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, in a promotion organized by Reliant Energy. The Texas electricity supplier applied to Guinness to promote its Solar Solutions program.
Why is Enclave looking to break the record?
“My nephew Griffin received a Guinness Book of World Records for Christmas and while we were looking through the book, it dawned on me that with Enclave’s size and capacity, we could probably find a record to break,” Enclave spokeswoman Jennifer Pohl said by email. “Enclave has maintained a consistent crowd (size) of well over this (sunglasses) number for the almost-seven years we’ve been open. … This just seemed like not only an attainable goal, but a fun one at that.”
Should Enclave break the record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark, it would join the handful of other Guinness records set in the Chicago area recently.
That list includes the fastest half marathon time by a female dressed as a fruit, set in November when Joanne Singleton ran a 1:35:45 dressed as a strawberry at the Schaumburg Half Marathon Turkey Trot; the largest scavenger hunt, which took place on the University of Chicago’s campus in May and featured 924 participants; and the most people singing in a round, which was organized by Groupon and involved 897 people singing “Danke Schoen” before a screening of “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” at Wrigley Field in October.
Enclave staff will pass out neon-framed wayfarer sunglasses that read “I (heart) Enclave” for its record attempt. Guests are required to wear the glasses for at least 10 minutes and can expect confetti blasts, air horns and a New Year’s Eve-style countdown on the club’s LED wall.
“To make the night and breaking the record more special, we have invited Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels to be our special host,” Pohl said of the cancer-focused charity. “Donations will be made to Imerman Angels as a way to make this historical moment even better.”