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"Chicago, IL — For two years Velvet Rope has been a mainstay for the Oak Park LGBT community. Drawing a regular crowd, this sleepy suburban hangout has flown under the radar of many Chicago dwellers. Now the Velvet Rope is under new ownership and ready to take it's place in the Chicago gay bar scene.

When asked of his plans with the Velvet Rope, new owner Frank Elliot sang out with unmatched energy, 'new staff, new drink menu, amazing new food menu, shots, weekly brunch and daily events for everyone!' The Velvet Rope is the only LGBT bar in Oak Park but he envisions it being an alternative to the regularity of Boystown.

'We have already seen a large number of people that visit from Chicago,' says Elliot. 'We are an upscale lounge with a suburban comfort and feel while just a short El ride from the city.'"

I can't wait to check it out next time I'm up in Chi-town, my second home.


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Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

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Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!