Neighborhood: Lincoln Area
Address: 2438 N. Lincoln Ave.
Closed doors in: Jan. 15, 2000
Famous for: Being the pinnacle of the post-punk scene in Chicago
Located across from Wax Trax Records in Chicago, Lounge Ax became one of the leading Chicago nightclubs during the pinnacle of the post-punk scene in the late 1980s to 2000. It was a favorite hang out spot amongst the locals to hear alternative and indie rock on late nights. Even though the Lounge Ax was known for drawing notable acts like Wilco and Yo La Tengo in their heyday, it was still revered by locals for nurturing ithe city's burgeoning scene of talented rockers like Liz Phair, Urge Overkill, and Eleventh Dream Day. The club wasn't only exclusive to musical acts. It featured a number of theatrical and sketch comedy productions like "Milly Orchid's Show." Unfortunately, the club was plagued with legal fees and complaints, which led to its demise in 2000. But the legendary venue didn't go down without a fight. A compilation CD produced by Touch & Go Records was sold, but the proceeds weren't enough to cover its growing legal costs.