Legendary Crobar closes tonight

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Crobar was a popular gay destination, Anthem party in 2003. (photo by Dave Ouano for ChicagoPride.com)

Chicago's legendary Crobar Nightclub will officially close tonight after "The Last Dance" celebration.

Crobar Chicago was made famous by celebrity clientele such as Dennis Rodman and Bill Corgan. Rodman will help close the club tonight when he hosts the party.

"The music was dirty, deep, louder than hell, full of bass and progressive while the massive LGBT crowds filled every sweaty corner and partied along side the likes of Dennis Rodman, Jeremy Piven and Carmen Electra," recalled promoter Matthew Harvat who launched Circuit MOM at the nightclub in 1997. "Often, it was so packed and hot, the ceiling would drip rusty condensation, but no one complained, instead wore the rust stains as a badge of honor."

The nightclub, which opened in 1992 as the original in a chain of successful Crobar locations in New York City, Miami and Buenos Aires, was home to well-attended gay events and parties.  Crobar Chicago hosted G.L.E.E. Club which became a Sunday night institution for 10 years, making it the longest running gay-themed weekly party in Chicago.  

"G.L.E.E. Club stood for gays lesbian everyones equal," says Box Boy Rich, who worked G.L.E.E. for 8 of the 10 years. "I would plan all my vacations around coming back on Sunday nights for G.L.E.E. Club since it was such a fun crazy party."

After it's remodel in 2003, Crobar Chicago was home to the gay-themed Anthem Sundays which was produced by G.L.E.E. creator Paolo Pincente and Harvat.

Crobar Chicago also presented gay-themed special event such as SuperStar Sundays on Market Days, Pride, IML, Labor Day and Halloween.  

"I just wish the younger generation would attended more events like these and really let loose and party in such the welcoming atmosphere that was the original G.L.E.E. Club," Box Boy Rich, told ChicagoPride.com.  

The parties featured world-renowned DJs, including Timo Maas, Tony Moran, Joe Gauthreaux, Ralphi Rosario, Lydia Prim, Tracy Young, Manny Lehman, Frankie Knuckles and Victor Calderone.

"Many amazingly talented people shared their passion for club culture and music with the world audience that came to revel in the Crobar mayhem.  Never one to follow, Crobar will always stand alone as an iconic treasure to the clubland creatures it crafted," said Harvat.

Event Details: "The Last Dance" tonight at Crobar

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