Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of closing the acquisition of a chain of strip clubs in Chicago by a private equity fund headquartered in New York – a pleasure that I could bare to repeat again if I were to have the opportunity. First of all, doing due diligence for investments in strip clubs isn’t the hardest job I’ve had: thorough research has never been quite so interesting. Besides that, people in that industry definitely know how to celebrate. Our celebration was a night I can’t forget and want to remember.
It all started with some of the finest dining in the city at Charlie Trotter’s restaurant: I had a five-course menu consisting entirely of the best steak cut from Midwestern beef. (Everything you heard about the best steak coming from Chicago is absolutely true.) I was appalled and delighted at the idea of having eaten a dinner focused entirely on beef prepared in diverse ways.
From there, we headed to the entertainment part of our evening, checking out some of the best of strip clubs Chicago has to offer. The exotic dancers here were, to my very pleasant surprise, way hotter and way more … interactive … than strippers at most of the joints in New York. Though to us New Yorkers, Chicago gets a rap for being a wintry wasteland, I would definitely think of Chicago as a good place for some of the best strippers and bachelor parties.