Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lake Street Bar Problems

  • Chicago Police are hoping to review security tape from a West Loop club to figure out what led to a shooting that left a self-employed music producer dead and another man wounded.

    Bryan King, of the 9700 block of South University, was shot inside Transit Nightclub at 1431 W. Lake St. about 2:30 a.m., police said. A second man also was shot.

Chromium was another mob/political connected joint that saw more than its share of violence and they were supposed to shut down a while ago. It can't be the old Grand Avenue crew because they liked things quiet, right?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That industrial corridor, as they call it, is like the "Wild West" on some nights, if you get my gist.

1/31/2009 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The owner of Transit, Barry, if a real stroke. He plays nice to the police but is a hater. He employs a few goofs but overall treats us like shit, arrogant, condescending prick. This shit couldn't have happened to a nicer liquor license holder.

1/31/2009 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

Ask Tavey Dull ... he probably knows ALL ABOUT it.

1/31/2009 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC says "Seems like that whole [Lake Street] corridor is nothing but trouble."

Didn't used to be. Here, a very quick run-down from my 1700-page Illinois Manufacturers' Directory for the year 1958.

Just a casual finger-poke through -- by no means complete or exhaustive.

.................................
Exhibit Supply Division
4218 W. Lake St.

Accurate Pattern & Foundry Co.
810 W. Lake St.

Union Park Foundry Co.
1611 W. Lake St.

K&M Foundry Co.
3116 W. Lake St.

Lake Machinery Co.
942 W. Lake St.

American Wall Tie Co.
2711 W. Lake St.

Accurate Spring Mfg. Co.
3811 W. Lake St.

Heckmann Tool & Mfg. Co.
4018 W. Lake St.

Illinois Metal Specialty Co.
952 W. Lake St.

Jiffy Metal Products
5025 W. Lake St.

Rite-Way Tool Die & Mfg. Co.
4858 W. Lake St.

Telmor Tool and Stamping Corp.
1910 W. Lake St.

Acorn Anodizing Co., Inc.
2324 W. Lake St.

American Anodizing & Plating Co. Inc.
1820 W. Lake St.

Metal Processing Co.
2940 W. Lake St.

Advance Plating Co.
2409 W. Lake St.

Atlas Finishing Co.
4118 W. Lake St.

Columbia Plating and Mfg. Co.
2408 W. Lake St.

Commercial Polishing and Plating Co.
1223 W. Lake St.

Central Automatic Screw Products, Inc.
4139 W. Lake St.

Chicago Roller Skate Co.
4450 W. Lake St.

D&S Mfg. Co.
1112 W., Lake St.

G&S Screw Products Co.
3440 W. Lake St.

Merit Screw Machine Products Co.
4847 W. Lake St.

Merkle Metal Products Corp.
1010 W. Lake St.

Milled Screw Products Co.
2016 W. Lake St.

Ware Brothers
4450 W. Lake St.

LaVezzi Machine Works
4635 W. Lake St.

Chicago G.M. Mfg. Co.
546 W. Lake St.

Exact Machine Works
3233 W. Lake St.

H.W. Industries
5665 W. Lake St.

Precision Connection Rod Service
4705 W. Lake St.

Falcon Engineering & Tool Co.
5005 W. Lake St.
..................................

All within living memory.

Chicago's Lost Civilization.

1/31/2009 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised??? I'm just surprised it doesn't happen every wkend.

1/31/2009 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boss lady Eve - where are you with the license checks? Tsk tsk.

1/31/2009 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They used to have a unit at the Corp Counsel's office that actually did something to these bars. They haven't done shit in years though.

1/31/2009 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Duke Nuke 'em said...

LEVEL THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD

1/31/2009 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to add to an earlier comment regarding the GM Barry at the Transit:

This POS tells his criminals/bouncers to basically beat the shit out of anybody giving them a problem. Then, once the police show up they are instructed to lie to the police and claim the patron has battered THEM and that they wish to file a criminal complaint against the patron for battery.

Not to mention, whenever something occurs requiring police intervention, this jagoff sticks his face in the middle of it and tries to undermine the investigation by trying to take witnesses away, bribing witnesses with free party nights, and getting in the officer's face while they are conducting their investigation.

This guy is a born POS who thinks he can rule the block any way he sees fit without the police having any authority to enforce or investigate. This is the same POS who tries at every turn to act like he's buddies with the DC, thinking he's going to get some special consideration because he plays nice to them.

Well Barry, you shithead, it ain't ever gonna work boy. No one gives a shit about you, you WON'T EVER be getting any special treatment from ANY bosses in the district, and your bullshit little bar will be given the due attention it needs to be put out of business.

From the police perspective, they will do everything legally within their power to provide complete documentation to have you shut down to all involved parties. From then on, it's up to YOU and your SILENT partner to line the pockets of the corrupt ones downtown to keep your little shithole open to the bangers.

Good luck shithead.

1/31/2009 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All within living memory.

Chicago's Lost Civilization.

1/31/2009 01:26:00 AM

Hmmmmm. LaVezzi Machine works looks suspicious!

1/31/2009 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous 005 Body Count said...

Another fine resident of the 005th district makes good use of himself by becoming worm food. The circle of life is complete.

1/31/2009 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a few facts that might clear up some questions regarding revoking liquor licenses.

1) The Chicago Police Department CANNOT revoke a liquor license, NOR can it demand that an establishment shut down. These rights are held by the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION from City Hall.

2) The DBA is notoriously "consumer friendly". Regarding the Chromium case, they repeatedly ignored numerous requests from the CPD to have that place shut down, UNTIL AFTER the homicide happened. If you remember, the heat came down on DBA for that place, not the CPD.

1/31/2009 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry isn't the owner. All those places are owned by folks in the city's financial/political elite. Guys like Barry just stand out there and deal with the bullshit from gangbangers,cops and paramedics.

1/31/2009 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self employed music producer. Is that French for drug dealer? The music biz sure has gotten dangerous in the last few years.

1/31/2009 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC says "Seems like that whole [Lake Street] corridor is nothing but trouble."

Didn't used to be. Here, a very quick run-down from my 1700-page Illinois Manufacturers' Directory for the year 1958.

Just a casual finger-poke through -- by no means complete or exhaustive.
----------------------------

Wow! Great list. I can think of 3 more factories that were on side streets just off Lake. Imagine the jobs that the city would still have if just half of those places were still around. Imagine the taxes the city would be collecting.

I read that the U.S. now has about 1,200 foundries, China has 13,000. And we wonder why the economy sucks.

1/31/2009 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back DE SALVO"S
that was a great gin mill!!!

1/31/2009 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the goof with the old phone book ?

Did he drunkenly stumble in here from SECOND CITY TOOL ?

1/31/2009 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you run plates around Transit and Chromium everyone's plates are suspended or the driver is suspended from affluent towns like harvey, dolton, robbins, and riverdale.

1/31/2009 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corporation Counsel does as shitty a job as the Mayor who runs them. AS long as Daley runs the show, you will get Mara Georges, Ronnie Hubieman and all the others who run this city into the ground with Daley.

UNtil you stop Daley you will get hacks running departments instead of experts.

1/31/2009 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many liquor license establishments are havens for crime, drugs and are gang or mob owned. The police department does not train their supervisors or require them to enforce the ordinances. And, if a sergeant or lieutenant really tries to do so, he will get slapped down. The citations go no where at the hearings and any charges that do make it to the license commission drag on for a long time and then are either dismissed or settled with a minor penalty, that is, unless you are not connected. Then hell comes down on you. There never has been and likely never will be, a push by the city to close down bad news joints as many are connected and pay the alderman or other officials.

1/31/2009 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Mayoral/Gubernatorial Chief of Staff John Harris could offer a great deal of insight into the relationship between these nearwest "clubs",well known financial institutions, and elected officials.

It's "fuckin golden".

Always remember. If you work in an area like that, you are at the bottom of the social order as a police officer. The Outfit is at the top, the dog-ass customers are in the middle because they provide $$$$, you are at the bottom. Don't let them jam you up.

1/31/2009 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City should post "Dangerous Tavern to Drink In" Signs near these places, and watch how fast they clean up their acts. Or Just pull their licenses. We already have one CPD Sgt. in grave condition due to an incident at T.R.s Pub, we don't need any more, as responding Cops dealing with hostile drunks and wierd-o's will obviously be on camera and will be sandbagged by the Lib-Turd News Media for doing their jobs, so warn the Public with a sign, and clean up after the Animal is done running amuck.

1/31/2009 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
They used to have a unit at the Corp Counsel's office that actually did something to these bars. They haven't done shit in years though.

1/31/2009 03:08:00 AM

That unit does nothing as it is clout infested. and looking at how mara georges gives away our money to every scumbag that sues no wonder. Cannot forget head of finance eddie burke who approves all the multi-million dollar payments unless it is a blue shirt who needs an mri then he fucks us1 6 valets 2 on 3 off and all the cars nice to be king!

1/31/2009 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk to someone who was at the old states attorneys narcotics strike force around 2000. How they had something going there and how it was compromised. interesting.

1/31/2009 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should check that crystal clear video from across the street. The owner puts a lot of those videos on Youtube.

1/31/2009 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSC DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE HAS ALLOT OF BARS. HOW COME THERE ARE NEVER ANY SHOOTINGS AT THOSE PLACES? MAYBE BECAUSE THE CITY OF NAPERVILLE WOULD NEVER PUT UP THOSE KIND OF ESTABLISHMENTS. ONLY IN CHICAGO. TWO MORE YEARS AND I AM OUT OF HERE. ALSO JFED GO F-CKYOURSELF.

1/31/2009 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a ghetto joint filled with hood rats. What's the big mystery?

1/31/2009 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - don't worry - the crack license unit investigators - what, about 10 of em - are right on it. Lead by Lt., two sgts.
Jody - you need more bodies on the street? Look no further than Homan Square. Just ask Deb and Beatrice.

1/31/2009 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of Russian Mafia over there.

1/31/2009 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MSF SGT. SAYS..."Hey boys! Looks like a job for us?"....Guess which tool says that????

1/31/2009 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The owner of Transit, Barry, if a real stroke. He plays nice to the police but is a hater. He employs a few goofs but overall treats us like shit, arrogant, condescending prick. This shit couldn't have happened to a nicer liquor license holder.

1/31/2009 12:25:00 AM

Sorry, but nothing will happen - CONNECTED. But at least you felt good for a while.

1/31/2009 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Chicago Remembered said...

SCC says "Seems like that whole [Lake Street] corridor is nothing but trouble."

Didn't used to be. Here, a very quick run-down from my 1700-page Illinois Manufacturers' Directory for the year 1958.

Just a casual finger-poke through -- by no means complete or exhaustive.

.................................
Exhibit Supply Division
4218 W. Lake St.

Precision Connection Rod Service
4705 W. Lake St.

Falcon Engineering & Tool Co.
5005 W. Lake St.................

Okay A. That WAS exhausting.
B. 1958?

You're talking about the Stone Age, especially regarding Chicago Politics, who didn't help keep businesses like that in town.
Different character of people also.

Accurate Spring Mfg. Co.? Waterbeds killed those MFers.
And hello Rollerblades, goodbye Chicago Roller Skate Co.
4450 W. Lake St.

"All within living memory.

Chicago's Lost Civilization."

1/31/2009 01:26:00 AM


Yeah, those guys are definitely somewhere else. Thanks for the post though.

Better reading than the 500th post about "more time on the street than J-Fed" comedy genius going on.

1/31/2009 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

E 2 Brute? William Shakespeare

1/31/2009 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
They used to have a unit at the Corp Counsel's office that actually did something to these bars. They haven't done shit in years though.

1/31/2009 03:08:00 AM

THAT WAS JUST TO GET THE COMPETITORS OUT OF THE WAY YOU BIG DUMMY!!

1/31/2009 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope everyone was ok.

1/31/2009 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

case reports done almost every nite without fail. This isnt the first shooting involving patrons of the bar. The
amount of reports generated could kill an oak tree.

Theyve been trying to close the bar for years, but The owner knows who to pay it off. They will eventually close it.

Then it will reopen in 3months with ghost owners and called the Shadow Bar...

Oh wait....that name is taken by the last high profile club with a homicide that was renamed ....and had another homicide.....

1/31/2009 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and the envelope please"

1/31/2009 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

careful there. a whole lot of registered voters there for Shortshanks & the Combine.
luv ya Kass

1/31/2009 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
They used to have a unit at the Corp Counsel's office that actually did something to these bars. They haven't done shit in years though.

1/31/2009 03:08:00 AM

THAT WAS JUST TO GET THE COMPETITORS OUT OF THE WAY YOU BIG DUMMY!!

1/31/2009 04:44:00 PM

Nah, he's right. I worked with some of those attorneys maybe ten years ago or so. A couple of them really put their hearts into it. Not anymore, the good ones are long gone. The Corp Counsel's office sucks now. Just like CPD, no leadership and morale in the toilet.

1/31/2009 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This area is prime for late night stick ups. The dogs know the area is ripe with cash carrying condo yuppies and rolex wearing club people. The stick up guys strike quick, before the club folks can make it back to the car or catch a cab out of the area.

1/31/2009 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not forget that chalkie touched down in 012 for the first one of the year. Nice club scene.

1/31/2009 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/31/2009 08:40:00 AM

Chicago was the manufacturing hub of America at one time. When a city or country loses its manufacturing base and becomes a service economy they are doomed.

Someone should tell the Mayor that his Father's head tax resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in Chicago. Just think of the tax base that evaporated overnight.

Until the US decides to retool and manufacture their own goods, we will continue to decline and eventually become a third world country.

1/31/2009 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lies they tell nowadays,

Today, a McDonald's employee, that grills burgers is considered a manufacturing job. This employee manufactures hamburgers.

Only in AmeriKa, WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

1/31/2009 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,

Don't let this one get by you:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1407352,CST-NWS-davis01.article

1/31/2009 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should check that crystal clear video from across the street. The owner puts a lot of those videos on Youtube.

What is the name the youtube videos are posted from, so I can take a look?

1/31/2009 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lake Street Lookout, this is the site with all the "Thug Life on Lake St"

http://www.youtube.com/user/lakestreetlookout

2/01/2009 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous westside inside do-nothing said...

I just LOVE to go clubbin'. Clubbin' baby seals, that is.

2/01/2009 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wow! Great list. I can think of 3 more factories that were on side streets just off Lake. Imagine the jobs that the city would still have if just half of those places were still around. Imagine the taxes the city would be collecting."

1/31/2009 08:40:00 AM

Yeah, thanks, I ran my finger down several pages real quick looking for "Lake Street," just as an example. There must have been hundreds of factories, on the side streets too as you say, and they ran all the way west out to Maywood "back in the day." Probably 95% of them are gone now, vacant lots or A.M.E. churches or methadone clinics...or these horrible "clubs."

It's easier to see why things are the way they are if you have some idea of what they were before...the guts have been torn out of this city, and condos and Starbucks and banners on lampposts and "multicultural academies" and Olympics aren't going to save it.

2/01/2009 02:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Word-"Mutts"

2/01/2009 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old man Daley put in his "head tax" and the stupid A-Hole drove all the small businesses out of Chicago.

And even worse he sired Richard II, the stuttering, thieving, moron we are stuck with today.

2/01/2009 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) The Chicago Police Department CANNOT revoke a liquor license, NOR can it demand that an establishment shut down. These rights are held by the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION from City Hall.

The police CAN absolutely shut a place down for the night if need be....

2/01/2009 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, go over there on a weekend night and take a car away. TVB them. Impound their car. Just take the FREAKING CARS AWAY. That hurts those mutts way more than some lame 1811 hit.
Let them walk back to Dalton, Harvey, Blue Island and Robbins.

Then they won't hit, sideswipe, t-bone decent people trying to get to work, school or the damn store.
How about it boys?

2/01/2009 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The night of the shooting it was Gangster Disciple night.

2/01/2009 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous 167 N Morgan said...

Anonymous said...
Bring back DE SALVO"S
that was a great gin mill!!!

1/31/2009 08:53:00 AM

It was a dive, but the food was decent. You are talking about Randolph and Peoria? How about Leo Barsi's place at Carpenter and Lake, where all the CHA elevator guys wasted away the day. Mart Anthony on Aberdeen had great fashion shows...Those were the days.....

2/01/2009 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

westside inside do-nothing said...
I just LOVE to go clubbin'. Clubbin' baby seals, that is.

2/01/2009 02:19:00 AM

Okay, now you're just bein' an asshole. What'd those seals ever do to you? Boycott Red Lobster.

2/01/2009 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easier to see why things are the way they are if you have some idea of what they were before...the guts have been torn out of this city, and condos and Starbucks and banners on lampposts and "multicultural academies" and Olympics aren't going to save it.
------------------------------

This guy is telling the truth. We can't live by doing each other's laundry.

2/01/2009 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
westside inside do-nothing said...
I just LOVE to go clubbin'. Clubbin' baby seals, that is.

2/01/2009 02:19:00 AM

Okay, now you're just bein' an asshole. What'd those seals ever do to you? Boycott Red Lobster.

2/01/2009 05:41:00 PM

Lighten up Francis. Those seals killed my father.

2/01/2009 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear they're rats (the BIG west side variety) running amock in the basment, in the back rooms, under the floors, in the alleys, etc.
Who would want to drink there (or do drugs?)

2/01/2009 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of closed places...

What happened to Abondanzas on Fullerton ?

Retired to where its warm and the old Chicago team lost last night...

2/02/2009 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We can't live by doing each other's laundry."

--2/01/2009 06:45:00 PM

...holding doors for each other, checking each other's blood pressure, making lattes for each other, selling condos to each other, writing insurance for each other, typing in data on each other...

Where in human history has there ever been something called a "service economy" -- something that could magically coast along without any production, without any creation of wealth? There still has to be ore dug out of the ground and cloth woven and soap made somewhere.

We've replaced Merkle Metal Products Co. with Transit. It isn't working out.

We are witnessing a failed experiment.

Everything was supposed to look like this --

http://www.6060place.com/
location.html

...but the actual results look more like this --

http://detroityes.com/webisodes
/2004/13-UrbanPrairie/St-Cyril.htm

2/02/2009 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) The Chicago Police Department CANNOT revoke a liquor license, NOR can it demand that an establishment shut down. These rights are held by the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION from City Hall.



The police CAN absolutely shut a place down for the night if need be....

2/01/2009 12:32:00 PM

That was empty head eve's attempt at defending her ridiculous do nothing unit. Shes not too bright and dont know whats going on in her unit. So sad she's going. Any Lt's out there with a brain - please apply.

2/04/2009 03:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAN let me first start off by saying this is the first time that this has happened @ Transit so please dont compare us to other clubs. Second off The bouncers there are the nicest peopel i have met compared to lot of the other night clubs i do feel safe there beside it was a black nite that this happend that should say enough.. Havent seen anything like this happen on any of there latin nites or asian nites what does that say about the promoters from Thursday night HMMM can we say Ghetto , its just a matter of time that this happens to Crobar and Victor Hotel and all the other stops that host This Promoter..

2/05/2009 09:40:00 AM  

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