Playboy Is Back on the Club Scene....
By Rachelle Bowden in News on Sep 25, 2006 11:52AM
With a new nightclub/casino opening in Las Vegas, the Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises is getting back into the clubbing scene. The owners of the Palms Casino funded the construction of the exclusive 500-person capacity location on top of their building. The Tribune reports "The target market for this club is not the college crowd--too poor--but rather 30- to 55-year-old men with money, and the twentysomething women some of them chase." Sounds totally hot! Playboy Enterprises has a history of poorly managing such venues and will also be leaving operations up to the casino.
For the children of the 80's, Playboy clubs were once located in 30+ major cities around the world including the original location which opened right here in Chicago in 1960. The clubs were all closed by in the late 1970's and early 80's as the company was losing millions of dollars each year keeping them open. In its heyday there were over 800,000 club members around the world. In other Playboy-Chicago history: Playboy also ran the Playboy Theater at 1204 N. Dearborn Street, and the original Playboy mansion was at 1340 N. State Parkway. There was apparently a brass plate on the door which read Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare ("If you don't swing, don't ring").
Hugh Hefner was educated at Steinmetz High School, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Northwestern University. He is credited with ushering in the sexual revolution throughout the country with the release of Playboy Magazine in 1953.
Much respect to Hugh and the company, but we think we'll be sticking to the local dive bar.