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East Room, Logan Square’s Hip Speakeasy-Style Dancing Den, to Close

A new group has plans for something new inside

A dimly lit bar with coolers in the back.
East Room has been around for about five years in Logan Square.
East Room/Roger Morales AyKidShots
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After close to six years in Logan Square, East Room, the late-night lounge that customers crowd until 4 a.m. daily for a chance to dance and hear local music, will close the weekend after Thanksgiving. East Room collaborator Zack Eastman said he’s in the process of buying the space with a new team of investors. The new group has new plans for the space, 2354 N. Milwaukee Avenue, and Eastman said he wants to make an announcement about the space’s future within about a month.

East Room’s last night will be Sunday, December 1. The bar opened in 2014, a collaboration with Eastman, Russ Grant, Erik Dorf, Zack Eastman, Blake Witsman, Duffy Binyon, and Tylor O’Connor. Grant, known for the Boiler Room and the shuttered Parts & Labor in Logan Square, owns the East Room space.

East Room earned a reputation for combining elements of a music venue, speakeasy, dive bar, and dance lounge under one roof. It was an unpretentious way to continue the party after last call at other bars.

Lines often form past midnight as the bar holds a late-night liquor license that allows bartenders to serve until 4 a.m. most days. Eastman said they will not renew the late-night license for the new project.

Eastman is also part of the group behind Dorian’s, the restaurant and cocktail bar with live music in Wicker Park. Prior to its opening, that space housed the first iteration of the Saved by the Max pop-up. Eastman, along with Derek Berry and Steve Harris, founded the nostalgic restaurant based on the ‘90s-era NBC show that also made its way to LA.

Stay tuned for news on Eastman and company’s plans for the space.

The Boiler Room

2210 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 276-5625 Visit Website

Saved by the Max

1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 687-9824 Visit Website


1939 West North Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 687-9824 Visit Website

Easy Does It

2354 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 420-9463 Visit Website