John H. White
At the heart of the controversy lays a desperate effort to shut down Chicago's last topless bar, and though the battle has raged for some time, the VIP's A Gentlemen's Club has finally caved to one of the city's latest efforts. Agreeing to pay $2.5 million in back taxes applied after the city revoked its exempt status, the agreement comes with heavy penalties against the bar. The bar, at least, remains in operation.
A clout-heavy joint that bills itself as “Chicago’s only full liquor & topless bar” would stay open — and pay the city $2.5 million in disputed back taxes and legal fees — under a settlement in the works to end a 19-year legal battle.
Since 1993, City Hall has been trying to shut down, what’s now known as VIP’s A Gentlemen’s Club, 1531 N. Kingsbury, on grounds that the club’s dancers expose too much of the female anatomy.