Crazy Rock Relegated to History Books

The village of Romeoville has purchased the last remaining full-nude "gentlemen's club" in the area and plans to redevelop the site.

It's the end of an era, of sorts. The area's last strip club, Crazy Rock, has closed and is being purchased by the .

Despite a sign saying the "gentlemen's club" would reopen Aug. 7, a deal to purchase the property was announced by the village this week and the deal should close next month, Romeoville Mayor John Noak said.

He described the sale as "mutually beneficial for all parties," and while he wouldn't go so far as to say that Romeoville was eliminating a less-than-tasteful business from its Illinois 53 corridor, he did say he thought the strip club had "come to the end of its usefulness."

Noak also conceded that had the village not purchased it, someone could have bought it and kept it a "gentleman's club."

With its closure, there are no full-nude strip clubs in the -Romeoville area, although there's bikini dancing at The Cellar in unincorporated Joliet. If you're looking for the "full monty," as the Brits might say, you'll need to head over to south suburband towns, such as Harvey or Bridgeview, to get your fix.

Crazy Rock was something of a landmark, having been in business for 20-plus years at its 9 Rock Road location.

Strip clubs used to be more routinely located on the main drags of towns, such as Route 53, but slowly they've been pushed into industrial areas, where most people don't realize they exist.

Romeoville's current ordinance does just that. Joliet took it a step further, prohibiting full or partial nudity at any business with a liquor license and requiring that a special use permit be obtained for any gentleman's club that wants to open in an industrial-zoned area, Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas said. There is also a requirement that any sex-oriented business be 1,000 feet or more from any school, day-care center, park or religious institution, he said.

The village's $1.35 million purchase of the Crazy Rock site also includes an adjoining apartment building. Plans will be made for the buildlings after village staff have had a chance to go through them and determined their structural viability, Noak said.

The property is in the village's Route 53 tax-increment financing (TIF) district, money from which has funded the first part of the Veterans Memorial, landscape islands, the White Oak Library facade upgrade, and road and infrastructure improvements, according to a release from the village.

Future projects include the R.C. Hill site redevelopment, the second phase of the Veterans Memorial, construction of a community center and upgraded infrastructure in the downtown redevelopment area, the release said.

Child of GOD August 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
All I can say, YEA, GOOD BY CRAZY ROCK, Its about time
Child of GOD August 04, 2012 at 12:51 PM
at least its going. That made Romeoville look trashy, and yucky. Glad that dirty place is going.
Infamous Steve August 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Funny how three women are happy to see a strip club close lol. Never went in there and never wanted to. Hop on 80 out to the Silver Slipper
Infamous Steve August 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Titties and beer, that's why were here! lol What a great slogan.
Anthony Bonanno August 04, 2012 at 03:27 PM
More wasted tax money
grammyo60@aol.com August 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Whats next the Lockers....Crazy Wally did a lot for this Community....But let it go and we will have bigger tax dollars to pay....Never went to the Gentlemans club but knew people that worked there and raised families because of it....Someone was going there and paying to go...Just a thought...Was it your family member????? If it was Why?????
The Other Christine August 04, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I will take my money to Ottowa instead. I agree that the Rock outlived its usefulness. The few times I went, it appeared pretty run down. And I agree with other posters that if people were going and spending money, that is now money that will go to another town; and more people that will be out of work in our community. Romeoville needs to encourage business, not go out of its way to prevent it.
Orland Park George August 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I'm sure it will become something like a Dollar Store, Discount Liquors, Free Abortion Clinic, Quick Cash Loan, Discount Cigarettes or a Rent-A-Center. Romeovilles demographics are perfect for these types of business.
Matt August 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I'll miss the rock. Never had a bad lap dance...
Jello August 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I sure hope the village has a public auction on some of the items, like the bar stools and the poles. I know the Mayor of Crazy Rock would like one of the stools...me, I'll take a pole, heard it's a great workout, but where to put it...? lol!
K L August 07, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Seriously, anyone who thinks that a strip club is in any way a benefit to the community is on crack. And yes, I've been to plenty of them and Crazy Rock was one of them. Wasn't very impressed. Village should be praised for trying their hardest to make that run down strip on 53 an actually attractive place to do business. Crazy Rock was just another wart on the face of Romeoville. As the article alluded, there are plenty of industrial buildings in Romeoville where you can throw a strip club without affecting the overall attractiveness of the city.
Goofus August 07, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I would like to have one of the lap dance chairs.
The Other Christine August 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Empty buildings do not make for an attractive place to do business. How long has the old Jewel building been empty? Its a pipe dream and a waste of money.
bob August 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
it never was full nude. Never. Nice research job.
Jena Marie August 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM
FYI. Crazy rock was not a nude club at all the girls there had to wear more clothes than at a beach. Panty hose 2 bottoms and pasties. research before you you write... duh
Jena Marie August 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
all of Romeoville is pretty much trashy with or without a stag bar its by no means a pretty city or town.
Manuela Fuentes September 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Does any body knows if Miejer is coming?.....I know Sam's Club is.....but I want to know abaut this other BIG ONE???
SAM September 18, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Suzy January 01, 2013 at 06:45 AM
This Village will not suffer an economic slide because a tired, old place closed its doors and it is hardly the fault of the Village of Romeoville. The fault lies in the hands of Wally's inept family members. The writing was on the wall concerning the viability of CR after Wally's death! We have all moved on!
jd January 17, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Who is John Galt?
George Arnold March 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I would like to point out that in over 30 years Romeoville has had nothing more than a hick's concept of what an attractive community looks like. I have driven up and down rt 53 for 30 years and it has been crap for 30 years. No changes for the better. Buying up Crazy Rock for some moral ideology will do nothing to benefit the community as a whole. People there are still living in the past with rock t-shirts, firebirds and 80's mullets with polotics eing run in the same manner. No vision, no future, no moving forward, Just the same ol same ol.


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