Jackhammer reopens after shutting down during pandemic

Thu. January 26, 2023 1:12 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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photo credit // facebook.com/chijackhammer

‘And just like that… our 3-year project is complete’

Jackhammer, the LGBTQ and fetish nightclub in Edgewater-Rogers Park, is set to reopen Thursday, January 26 after shutting down during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

“The project could not have been done without the collaboration of so (so) many people,” read a post by the nightclub’s owners on Instagram. “Biggest bear hugs to everyone involved and to all our customers who waited patiently for us to give you the Jackhammer we wanted to give you.” 

The nightclub located at 6406 N. Clark St. has been closed since the pandemic began in March 2020. Its three themed spaces, dance, sports and leather, and its outdoor patio, remained dark through 2022. 

2Bears Tavern Group had hoped to reopen Jackhammer in early 2022, but at that time said the difficulties of doing business in a pandemic economy played a major factor in its decision to postpone reopening. 

Jackhammer, adjacent to adult shop Leather 6410, has featured live music performances; leather, rubber, and other fetish events; underwear and parties and DJ sets; drag shows; and karaoke.

2Bears Tavern Group also owns The Sofo Tap and Meeting House, both in Andersonville-Uptown.

The SoFo Tap reopening was similarly long-postponed due to pandemic-related economic factors. It opened in August 2021

2Bears Tavern, the owners' newest bar and eatery, opened in March 2022 in the Uptown neighborhood. 

The long-awaited return of Jackhammer happens at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 26. The Hole opens at 8 p.m.