VIP's In Brief:
VIP's Gentlemen's Club is an adult cabaret (a nice way of saying "topless bar"), and the only one within city limits with a liquor license.
1531 N. Kingsbury Ave., Chicago
7 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday through Friday
7 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday
8 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday
$20 (tableside dances are $20 per song)
Driving to VIP's Gentlemen's Club from Downtown:
Lake Shore Drive north to North Avenue. West to Kingsbury. South on Kingsbury. VIP's is located approximately one block south. There is valet and street parking.
Getting to VIP's by Public Transportation:
CTA Red/Line to the North/Clybourn stop, walk about .25 mile west to Kingsbury.
About VIP's Gentlemen's Club: Far from a stereotypical sleazy strip joint, VIP's Gentlemen's Club offers a tamer choice for bachelor parties, entertaining clients, or to bring the hesitant girlfriend who wants to sample the strip club experience. It's considered "tame" because the dancers do not fully undress. Rather, they strip down to tiny short shorts, and they have liquid latex covering their nipples. This is due to a Chicago ordinance that liquor licenses are not granted to establishments with nudity.
And it's no wonder they would go through such measures to be "the only gentlemen's club in Chicago with a full liquor bar." It's a huge cash cow for them. Expect to pay $6-8 for a beer and $12 for a cocktail. In fact, everything about VIP's is designed to drain your wallet. The cover charge, the $20 table-side dances, the VIP room, the champagne lounge -- if you don't have a generous expense account or a wad of cash to drop, you just might want to skip VIP's and head to one of the sports bars around town.
Every Wednesday is "fantasy night," where the dancers dress up as nurses, cheerleaders, dominatrices, etc. Customers who show up with ticket stubs from same-day local professional sports games (Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, etc.) will gain half-price admission. VIP's has a strict "no touch" policy -- this goes for the dancers touching the patrons as well.
VIP's Gentlemen's Club website
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edited by Audarshia Townsend