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80's 90's clubs in Chicago...

Ever go to Club Octagon, Neo, Club Naked, Lower Links, Aftermath, Strange Daze, Exit (on Wells), Clubland, Dreamerz, Gotham or Circuits?

Just taking a trip in the industrial techno time machine...

I recently moved out of Chicago across the border northwise and can't find anything even remotely similar.

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Facebook has a group dedicate to 'chicago nightlife back in the day' you should check it out.

Heck, there's even groups dedicated to neo, exit and medusas!
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Ever go to Club Octagon, Neo, Club Naked, Lower Links, Aftermath, Strange Daze, Exit (on Wells), Clubland, Dreamerz, Gotham or Circuits?

Just taking a trip in the industrial techno time machine...

I recently moved out of Chicago across the border northwise and can't find anything even remotely similar.

Neo - yes
Exit - yes
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Medusas...original one not stupid reopened on Milwaukee
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No, but the title of this thread immediately made me miss Lounge Ax.

You're not going to find much North of the cheddar curtain. Best option for old industrial is maybe Mad Planet here Milwaukee, or Club ?, but to be honest, I haven't been there in years. There was a sort of crappy goth/industrial place in Riverwest a while back but haven't heard much about it lately...

... then again I'm a homebody that never goes out anymore.

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Just over the border Try the Brat stop on fifty or Antioc bowl top floor.

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No, but the title of this thread immediately made me miss Lounge Ax.

You're not going to find much North of the cheddar curtain. Best option for old industrial is maybe Mad Planet here Milwaukee, or Club ?, but to be honest, I haven't been there in years. There was a sort of crappy goth/industrial place in Riverwest a while back but haven't heard much about it lately...

... then again I'm a homebody that never goes out anymore.

I've heard of Mad Planet and Club ? but haven't ventured north yet. I do have a buddy that used to spin at Aftermath that spins in Madison...

neo used to have "Biker nights" when the entire gangway was lined with bikes...

Exit on North Ave atttracted a fair of bikes as well... actually some of my handiwork is on the bikes they use for decor.

oh and Medusa's? I remember working till 5 am then going there till 11am...

Big wooden blocks and drapes on the walls... As grimey as Smart Bar when they had sawdust on the floor.

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Just over the border Try the Brat stop on fifty or Antioc bowl top floor.

The Brat Stop has a Punk/Industrial night?

I thought they a live band venue like The Thirsty Whale used to be...

Dunno... Brat Stop kinda sounds like Roscoes,Berlin or The Manhole crowd...


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new music is where its AT!!!
Bullshit! The 80's and 90's had MUCH mor profound lyrics then the 00's

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new music is where its AT!!!

I disagree.... Music today become to whiney and jerk knee...

























































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when your drunk and dancin who gives a shit about the lyrics
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why you bringing up emo music? emo stuff doesnt play when you go to a club dance music does, electronic/techno/house

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when your drunk and dancin who gives a shit about the lyrics
Is there any other way to be at an 80's bar??

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why you bringing up emo music? emo stuff doesnt play when you go to a club dance music does, electronic/techno/house
I brought it up because of this vague comment:

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electronic/techno/house as you mentioned... Are NOT new music... Tracks might be new... but the music is not.

I know what you're saying tho, as far as what's spun in clubs, the only complaint I have about club tunes today is that they tend to be too trance oriented... I mean... How can you stomp or skank to Gabriel and Dresden?

Gotta cater to the X set right?

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Ever go to Club Octagon, Neo, Club Naked, Lower Links, Aftermath, Strange Daze, Exit (on Wells), Clubland, Dreamerz, Gotham or Circuits?

Just taking a trip in the industrial techno time machine...

I recently moved out of Chicago across the border northwise and can't find anything even remotely similar.
I end up at Neo far to often.
Wifes favorite place.. as it was my ex gf's... I know quite a few people there (eddie, jeff, scott.. etc...)

Circuit.. uh.. the gay/lesbian joint? Never been there.. but it's by my place.. my ex-ex gf was in one of their post cards!
(oh wait.. actually the card was for Vision... but the "act" happened at cirkit (or however they spell it)


Erika - (the ex-ex) is the blond strapped to the rack
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I used to like exit.. havent been there in a while.. music was more my speed than neo.. as was the old brit biker crowd.. over the "my parents are accountants/dr's/lawyers and I hate my life! I should just wrap the 330xi they bought me around a pole! sob sob" crowd at neo
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Neo, Octagon, Exit, Smartbar, Club 950..... I lived in near north dance clubs.

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You actually used to go to the Octagon? I thought that place might actually only exist in my imagination... hardly anyone ever knows what the hell I'm talking about...

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I miss "Lucky's" on institue place and Paytons "Americas Bar"

My old regular haunts back in the mid 90's
Is that off Golf, near Woodfield Mall?

Payton use to have a nightclub called "34's" there.

I miss "Thumpers" near Golf and Algonquin Rd. tiny place but packed after 2am.

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Ever go to Club Octagon, Neo, Club Naked, Lower Links, Aftermath, Strange Daze, Exit (on Wells), Clubland, Dreamerz, Gotham or Circuits?
almost all of the above, but add photon, 950, berlin, smartbar, crash palace, medusa's on sheffield, mc greevey's, and mc gregor's to the list, too.

i'll still poke my head in neo every so often, but its played out and kinda depressing at this point.

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Payton's America's Bar was just north of Ontario, across from where Hooters is now.

Octagon was on the east side of clark street. It wasn't very big, but it had some interesting people there...

Anyone remember the Big Nasty? (aka 'silly string' bar) I was a doorman there for a few years.... It was right across the street from Bamboo Bernies. Talk about crazy stuff!
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oh. and this is funny: i went to see a dentist last month whose office just happened to be located in the old wax trax! building on lincoln. the inside has been gutted though, and you would never guess one of the most infamous old record stores had ever been there.

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Ever go to Club Octagon, Neo, Club Naked, Lower Links, Aftermath, Strange Daze, Exit (on Wells), Clubland, Dreamerz, Gotham or Circuits?

Just taking a trip in the industrial techno time machine...

I recently moved out of Chicago across the border northwise and can't find anything even remotely similar.


I used to go to Neo, Lower Links, Exit(I've only been to the Wells location), Clubland(the Vic), Dreamerz, I think I went to Octagon once

Also Avalon, Club Stodola, 950, Cairo, Shelter, and of course the Smart Bar

it's all kind of a haze though

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almost all of the above, but add photon, 950, berlin, smartbar, crash palace, medusa's on sheffield, mc greevey's, and mc gregor's to the list, too.

i'll still poke my head in neo every so often, but its played out and kinda depressing at this point.


Crash Palace-now Delailah's


Also the just bar bars, like Wrigleyville tap, Gingerman, George's on Racine

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Also the just bar bars, like Wrigleyville tap, Gingerman, George's on Racine
ahyup. still like gingerman. delilah's is fine on certain weeknights (mondays in particular) but weekends there are a lincoln park crowd abomination.

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There was a group that owned Exit, Union, Esoteria, and something else. They put diamond plate steel in everywhere. I think those guys had Limelight and were trying to open a place in Old Town called the Tough Club. I worked for a woman in Bucktown making jewelry and we made a shitload of anodized armbands for the opening and I think it never went past the opening night. My hands were killing me from pounding those things on a mandrel.

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