Neo (nightclub)

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Neo nightclub.jpg
Address2350 N. Clark St. (Original)
1575 N Milwaukee Ave (Current)
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°54′36.7″N 87°40′36.5″W / 41.910194°N 87.676806°W / 41.910194; -87.676806Coordinates: 41°54′36.7″N 87°40′36.5″W / 41.910194°N 87.676806°W / 41.910194; -87.676806
Alley entrance

Neo was a nightclub located at 2350 N. Clark St. in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Established on July 25, 1979[1] Neo was the oldest[2] or one of the oldest[3] running nightclubs in Chicago and was a hangout and venue for a variety of musicians and artists, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, the Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and U2.[4][5][6] The nightclub has been noted for being gay-friendly[7] as well as part of goth subculture.[8] The character Neo from the Matrix franchise drew inspiration from the nightclub and its patrons.[9][10]


In the 1980s the club was a center for Chicago's Punk and New Wave scenes.[6] In 1988, on the advice of one of the bartenders employed by Neo's management, the bar was renovated to look like lower Wacker.[11][12]

a DJ at the club in 2009

In 2009, Neo celebrated its 30th anniversary and was Chicago's oldest nightclub.[13]

In 2015, the nightclub lost its lease and had to move to a new location.[14][15][16][12] Since 2017, the club is currently located inside the Debonair Social Club at 1575 N Milwaukee Avenue at Chicago.


  1. ^ "Neo Nightclub to Move After Losing Lease". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  2. ^ Biasco, Paul (2015-07-24). "Neo Closing Iconic Lincoln Park Location After 36 Years". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on 2015-07-24.
  3. ^ "Neo nightclub closing; seeking new location - Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ Lauren Viera, "The Miracle of Neo", Chicago Tribune, Aug, 2009. full text.
  5. ^ Sean Parnell, "Neo", Chicago Bar Project full text.
  6. ^ a b "The time David Bowie called Chicago home". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  7. ^ The Social Ecology of Lesbians' Drinking: Considering the Contexts of Urban Neighborhoods. 2015-09-24. ISBN 9780549797173.
  8. ^ "Chicago's Top Goth Bars And Clubs". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  9. ^ "Neo | Chicago Bar Project Review". Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  10. ^ Selvam, Ashok (2015-07-22). "Whoa! Neo Announces Weekend DJs as Nightclub Preps Move". Eater Chicago. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  11. ^ "NEO transforms into Lower Wacker Drive (November 25, 1988)". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  12. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha. "After 36 years, Neo leaves a changing Lincoln Park". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  13. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "An eon of Neo".
  14. ^ Schroering, Heather. "Neo nightclub in Lincoln Park loses lease".
  15. ^ Cromidas, Rachel. "Neo Nightclub Loses Lease, Prepares Temporary Move To Wicker Park". Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  16. ^ "Neo Closes Iconic Lincoln Park Location". Retrieved 2015-09-21.