All good things must come to an end. The three story building at 1958 W. North Avenue which was home to one of the most legendary and iconic nightclubs in Chicago history is now closing its doors for good. Currently known as Annex Nightclub on the 2nd and 3rd floors and a bar called Tavern on the first floor, the building has always been a bastion of nightlife amidst Wicker Park’s busy hub of North Avenue, Damen and Milwaukee.
In the ’90s Red Dog Nightclub was the epicenter for its growing House music scene. As Time Out Magazine aptly put it, “if you wanted to hear House music in Wicker Park, you went to Red Dog. Counted alongside Shelter and the Warehouse in the city’s rich dance-music history, Red Dog helped launch the second wave of Chicago House talent.”
In 2003 it shut down, and eventually reopened as Ohm in 2006. Ohm eventually closed its doors as well and turned into Annex in February of 2016. Joey Swanson, the creative director who also runs the long running House party Boom Boom Room, filled the lineups with House music on the main floor and various genres of electronic music on the 2nd level.
This weekend beginning September 29th will be their final one. That Friday night they will be having a Strictly ’90s House Music theme featuring DJs Psycho-Bitch, John Simmons, Diz, Just Joey and Czboogie for her birthday celebration.