NIGHTCLUBS OF SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP

Just as the band Cheap Trick was getting its start in nearby Rockford in 1973, the B. Ginnings nightclub of Schaumburg came along to give them a stage.  Opening in 1974, B. Ginnings was begun by Danny Seraphine, the drummer for the band Chicago.  This wonderful photo, passed on to me by blog reader, Larry Rowan, shows the sign for Woodfield Commons.  If you’re wondering where the nightclub was, just put yourself in the Secretary of State’s Drivers License facility on Golf Road.  You’d be standing in the middle of it.B ginnings

Other nightclubs have also had their heyday in Schaumburg Township.  Some had dancing, some had live music and some were just a great place to spend a weekend night to see and be seen. Confetti could be found at 1850 E. Golf Road, adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel.They offered a complimentary dinner buffet, Ladies Night, had a dress code and stipulated that you had to be 21 with proper ID.

There was Studebaker’s which could also be found in Woodfield Commons.   It had a good-sized dance floor with music that leaned towards classic rock and roll.  It was opened by Walter Payton and a group of investors who followed on the heels of that success with another venture–Thirty Fours.  This bar opened in 1988 and closed in 1995 at the same location as Confetti.  It was very popular and had a great dance floor too.  After the closure in 1995 it reopened as Phroggs and had the same amenities as Confetti except that it was necessary to be 23 to enter.  A later incarnation was called the Living Room.  Hot location, wouldn’t you say?

Of course, there was also the Snuggery on Algonquin Road which was a huge hit during the 1980s and into the 1990s.  Further east on Algonquin, near Rte. 53 was La Margarita.  They were known for their Mexican food but became a nightclub in the evening and were open until 4 a.m.   There was also the Bamboo Room on Golf Road between Roselle and Plum Grove.  It closed in 2007 and became Heat.

Maybe you can remember others that were your hot spots?  Or that came earlier in the 1970s?  Please share any I’ve missed.  And, if you’re interested in a nice history of B. Ginnings, check it out here.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

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10 Responses to “NIGHTCLUBS OF SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP”

  1. jkunzer Says:

    In the late 80s there was Thumper’s (later became Dakota’s) and Safari Club (later became Ron Santo’s).

    • jrozek Says:

      I totally forgot about Safari Club but certainly remember it. For those of you who don’t recall it, the address was 1925 N. Meacham. It was north of the tollway, very close to where the Convention Center is today. Thumper’s Bar and Cafe was at 1550 E. Algonquin Road, also north of the tollway and very close to La Margarita. Thank you for the mental nudges!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  2. Marilyn Says:

    Hello,

    I just happened upon your post here and it got me reminiscing about a dive biker bar from the mid to late 80s, that I would frequent. There were live bands on the weekends and it was a pretty rowdy crowd. I believe the owners were Pam and John, and it was located on Barrington road at or near Higgins Road.
    Can you recall the name of this place? I’m thinking the name started with the letter B, perhaps.
    Thanks!

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Marilyn,

      Was it maybe the Break-Away Lounge? Their address was 116 N. Barrington Road in Streamwood.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Marilyn ozgowicz Says:

        Yes! Something like that..Break Away lounge. Was I remembering correctly that the owners were Pam & John? Thank you for getting back to me.

      • jrozek Says:

        I did find an article in the September 20, 1984 issue of the Daily Herald that mentions John Cartuccio as the owner. Does that sound right?

        Jane Rozek
        Local History Librarian
        Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Marilyn ozgowicz Says:

        It does – would ya’ look at that; I can’t recall what I walked into a room for, but I remember that from 30 years ago. Wow, I had some crazy good times back then. Thanks for the ride down memory lane! On Oct 28, 2015 8:14 PM, “Local History” wrote:

        > jrozek commented: “I did find an article in the September 20, 1984 issue > of the Daily Herald that mentions John Cartuccio as the owner. Does that > sound right? Jane Rozek Local History Librarian Schaumburg Township > District Library”

      • jrozek Says:

        And thank you (!) for the mention even though this is just over the border in Hanover Township. I discovered something during the course of the research that is going to make a great blog posting. Look for it in the next month!

        Jane Rozek
        Local History Librarian
        Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. the calm authority Says:

    club 34ers or studabakers? The battle of the best…….delta airlines and traffic controls the blue sky lawyers? who? Promethius…that’s who?

  4. Kelly Says:

    trying to find out which place to go over Studebakers in schaumburg

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