Dugan’s Bistro (The Bistro)
420 North Dearborn Ave
One of the first mainstream Chicago dance clubs to feature live DJs, such as Disco DAI’s Lou DiVito. Owned by Eddie Dugan, with design by Ron Veltmann, the club became known for having high-quality sound and lights, and for playing seamlessly mixed disco music on its large dance floor. With lounge spaces and “theatrical” dancers, The Bistro was often “the place” for visiting rock stars and celebrities who came to town. While The Bistro is remembered fondly by some, it is also remembered for having racist door policies that restricted access for people of color as well as for being picketed by the Committee of Black Gay Men in August of 1980.