Ronnie’s Original Steak House

100 W Randolph St.

Also known as the AM Funk Factory, this venue was originally Eitel’s Old Heidelberg, a replica of the same restaurant at the Century of Progress Exposition (1933). Known for holding Sunday parties, Ronnie’s was described in an October 1975 issue of Gay Life as having a large dancefloor and an exciting light and sound system. Having taken over the old location of The Baton, a drag cabaret theater founded in 1969 by Jim Flint, Ronnie’s was known for its upside-down Old Style beer sign outside and two Altec Lansing Voice of the Theatre speakers hanging over the dancefloor.

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