"We are very glad the city took quick action on this site," stated Archer Heights Civic Association (AHCA) Executive Director Thomas Baliga, whose organization had received several complaints from neighbors and which also saw information about the rave posted on the Internet. "All complainants had serious reservations about the capacity of that hall, parking problems and potential liquor consumption. The event was an advertised commercial production that stated there were going to be six bands/groups and two DJ's performing. One of the bands alone had 17 members."
"This place does not have a PPA (Public Place of Amusement License) and as such, cannot stage events of this kind," Baliga added. "There is parking for only about 20 cars in a lot adjacent to the east side of the building; so several questions arose as to how a small neighborhood hall could possibly handle the anticipated capacity of such a mega-event."
In addition to not having a PPA license, inspectors noted that Club Karlov does not have the required city license to sell food at a special event.
According to city records, Club Karlov's business license (as a tavern) is held by Juan Rocha, Jose Guadalupe Ledesma and Manuel Ledesma.
Many Archer Heights residents recall Club Karlov as a neighborhood tavern run by Bruno and Henrietta Kopec, from when they purchased the building in 1972 until Bruno's death in 2001 at age 75.
The Southwest Chicago Post has also learned that Club Karlov has a posted legal capacity of 225 people; and the upstairs hall has 16 tables of eight chairs each---which explains some neighbors' concerns that the building could not handle the large crowd anticipated at the event, which was advertised as starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight and running to 3:00 a.m. Saturday.
Additionally, SWCP has learned that Chicago Fire Department inspectors issued several tickets for code violations earlier this week.
Noches de Revention was organized by Prestige Chicago, an entertainment booking and promotion company headquartered at 1900 South Western and owned by 23-year-old Ruben Pantoja, who bills himself professionally as Ruben Prestige. Pantoja books disc jockeys, exotic dancers from the GOGO Dancer5 group, and more---including rental of a "party bus" that offers club-hopping transport for people who don't want to drink and drive.
Prestige Chicago also stages "Thirsty Thursday" events weekly at Club Karlov, which typically run until 2:00 a.m.
Pantoja, who had predicted on the Club Karlov Facebook page that the Noches de Reventon event would be "...ONE HELL OF A BAILE AT CLUB KARLOV!", did not respond to a Southwest Chicago Post request for comment on the shutdown; yet he appeared in good spirits late Friday afternoon. In a message he Tweeted and posted on the Ruben Prestige page on Facebook, regarding a "Back It Up & Juke!" party he is staging tonight at a hookah lounge near Belmont and Laramie, he wrote:
TONIGHT IT'S GOING DOWN MUTHAF~CKAS! EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD OLD FASHION JUKE PARTY THAT DOESN'T GET RAIDED ;)
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