Playboy Club Returning to Its Roots

September 01, 2011

The bunnies are coming back.

We often talk about Chicago real estate available in the old Playboy Mansion, and now Playboy is moving into new Chicago real estate.

Yes, the Playboy Club is coming back to Chicago. The exact location has yet to be determined and will probably be figured out within a month.

original playboy club

The Playboy Club is coming back to Chicago and could occupy this mansion on Dearborn Street.

One possible site is the mansion at 1150 N. Dearborn Street, which is currently the site of Il Mulino restaurant and is about five blocks away from the original location.

That home was built in 1874, three years after the Great Chicago Fire. The home originally belonged to John DeKoven, co-founder of Northern Trust.

Hugh Hefner founded Playboy in his Hyde Park home in 1953. The Playboy Club was situated at 116 E. Walton Street from 1960 through 1986.

Playboy Enterprises recently opened new clubs in Las Vegas, London, Cacao and Cancun, Mexico. Each has a hotel or a casino attached. The Chicago Playboy Club will stand alone.

The new Chicago club will be between 10,000 to 15,000 square feet and will employ about 50 people. There will be a high-end restaurant and a lounge and servers will wear bunny costumes.

The club, which will be open to the public but will have perks for key-holding members, is scheduled to open early next year.

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