The decorative alley entranceway at Neo set the tone for patrons for almost 37 years, showing them that the night club was different from the typical nightlife in Lincoln Park. Now, after last week's announcement that Neo is moving, that alleyway has been decorated reflecting the club's pending closure on Aug 6.
Neo is gearing up for its last weekend in its current digs with themed nights with music from a particular decade. They're even taking credit for the name of Keanu Reeves' character from The Matrix trilogy. It would make sense. The movies' makers, the Wachowskis siblings, are from Chicago, and the street map Reeves' Neo used in the first movie was from Chicago. In a press release, management reiterated (though not by name) that the L&L Academy and Preschool would take over Neo's space.
Thursday will center in the 1980s, with music from DJs Gil Burns, Bud Sweet and Jeff Pazen. Perhaps some New Order will be heard. On Friday, they'll feature the 1990s with DJs RazerX, DJ Abe!, Ryan Bedlem and Carrie Monster. That should cover a few Ministry songs. Finally, on Saturday, Neo will bring back some of its original DJs with Glenn Russell, Suzanne Shelton and Bill Saveley. There might be some Joy Division planned.
Management is saying to stay tuned for more news on the move of Neo's programming on Fridays and Saturdays to Debonair Social Club's basement in Wicker Park. The temp move is the plan while the search for a permanent home continues. For now, check out the exterior photos above.