CHICAGO — A strip club on the northwest side of Chicago has received a neighborhood award for its efforts to improve the area. Neighbors decided this month to give one of six “Block Star Business” awards to the Admiral Theatre. The award is meant to spotlight businesses working to keep the neighborhood clean and beautiful, as well as provide top-notch customer service.
The club’s creative director says it employs workers whose tasks include maintaining the block by collecting trash and sweeping sidewalks. He says the club plans to frame the certificate and display it in the main lobby.
The Admiral Theatre has previously made headlines for trying to help the community. CBS Chicago reported that the club offered a free lap dance to anyone who donated an unused, unwrapped toy before Christmas. In 2010, the effort raised five carloads of toys.
This is terrific. I’d like to see more of this from strip clubs – free lap dances for donating Christmas toys, cleaning up vomit and glitter from out the front of their premises.
But its not all on the strip clubs. The community could do much, much more to integrate strip clubs and strippers into the community. Like:
- having strippers visit sick kids in hospital, and providing free lap dances to doctors and nurses in the wards.
- involving strippers in causes like “Street Games” which try to get young people into physical activity.
- including strip club managers in the local Chamber of Commerce or Rotary Club.
- do one of those nude fundraising calendars, featuring strippers.