Chicago's X-Rated Admiral Theatre: All-Nude Strip Club

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The Admiral Theatre

The Admiral Theatre, located in the Northwest Side neighborhood, has seen a lot of Chicago history. It was opened as a vaudeville house in 1927 in the midst of Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties era. After closing in the 1950s, it found new life as an all-cartoon movie house and then, eventually, as an adult movie theater before becoming a center for adult entertainment in the 1980s. The theatre's exterior remains original, but the interior is completely changed from its original 1920s style decor. It's now an all-nude strip club, the only all-nude adult entertainment venue within the Chicago city limits.

Of course, Chicago has many other gentlemen's clubs: Scores in western Chicago's Stone Park, Club 390 in Chicago Heights, Polekatz Chicago Gentlemen's Club in Bridgeview and Pink Monkey in University Village. The Admiral's Theatre, however, consistently ranks as one of the most popular.

Though it serves no alcoholic beverages, it rivals VIP's Gentlemen's Club, where they are allowed to sell liquor, as one of Chicago's most popular adult entertainment venues. The Admiral's clientele is diverse, from conventioneers and bachelor party celebrants to locals who are out for an adventurous night on the town. It's open all night, every night, except Christmas Eve, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. There's a cover charge of $25 for men and $20 for women, and this includes a one-drink minimum; table-side dances start at $10. No one under 18 is admitted.

Driving to the Admiral Theatre From Downtown

If you're staying at a hotel in Chicago's Loop or on the Magnificent Mile downtown, take the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 190) to the Pulaski Road/Irving Park exit. Make a slight right onto Pulaski Road. Head north about one mile to Lawrence Avenue. Make a right on Lawrence Avenue; the Admiral Theatre is just east of Pulaski Road on the north side of the street. (The venue is also 25 minutes from O'Hare International Airport and 30 minutes from Midway Airport.)

Features and Discounts

The Admiral Theatre has 100 dancers and features a large showroom and a shop hawking adult DVDs, sex toys, and "marital aids," among other unmentionable items. The Admiral attracts a number of guest performers such as nationally known exotic dancers and adult film stars. Watch the theater's Facebook page for a list of events ranging from Valentines Weekend, where couples get discounts and VIP seating, to performances by infamous porn stars (Stormy Daniels has performed in the past).

Because of Chicago liquor ordinances that prohibit alcohol sales at venues that allow full nudity, the Admiral does not have a bar. Look all you want but don't touch. The Admiral Theatre has a "no touch" policy, and they are serious. Expect to see one or more large bouncers at your side if you lay a finger on a dancer.

The Admiral offers a number of discounts for clientele—$5 off for trade show attendees, $10 off for those with military ID, and women get in free every Wednesday, which is also designated as "college night." If you have a game day ticket, it's half off the regular ticket price. Sundays are a favorite night for many because the dancers dress up in "fantasy" costumes. If you sign up with your e-mail online, you can get invite-only invitations to VIP events, plus free Admiral swag.

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