1431 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 491-9729
Bike Parking: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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So it was my sisters birthday. I have come to Transit many times before so I was like "this night should be sweet"! Wrong!!! When we arrived the service was nice and all. We got seated and given our drink menu (For bottle service). The prices do not include the actual price, only the bottle price so i was like OK how much is the total. its like $40 to $60 from posted price. W.e no big deal, next the pole areas (which were reserved for parties but the thing is we were a party too so I don't get it) were off limits. There first excuse was that all the tables had to be filled in first. W.e we can wait, but after about an hour or so they say the pole is only for girls (which BTW I am a guy and I've danced on these poles before). So whats the big deal? Its a DANCE CLUB CORRECT?!? I SHOULDN'T BE LIMITED TO MY DANCING OPTIONS AS THAT IS DISCRIMINATION CORRECT? WHY CUZ I'M GAY? That's when I asked to speak to a manage, The security guard couldn't even tell me the Managers name (the security with the funny hair-do), so then I went to one of the service girls. A manager then comes to me (the one with the OBVIOUS contact lenses which btw DO NOT FIT YOU) and says they are like Walmart and just how Walmart doesn't let you ride on there cars, TRANSIT NIGHTCLUB doesn't allow guys on the pole. Uuhhmmm NO, WALMART IS A SHOPPING CENTER, YOU ARE A NIGHTCLUB. IF YOU DO NOT WANT GUYS DANCING THEN HAVE A POSTED SIGN UP. In my point of view you discriminated against me because i had a boyfriend and you didn't want your club getting a bad rep. I get it, but then again I am a paying customer and should not be limited to my dancing. Its a nightclub and that is the purpose. I would like to speak to a REAL MANAGER because the one in charge that night was rude, Didn't even apologize for the discomfort or anything. Me and my party spent well over $400 dollars and for me to pay so much for that service is uncalled for. you will be seeing my review on every site I can just so people can see HOW TRANSIT NIGHTCLUB IS NOT LGBTQ FRIENDLY!!!!!!!
So to start out with i rsvp so my friends and i can get in free, and get the bottle of wine. Little did i know this place over books, and i mean really over books which i think is crazyness. My ppl and i got there way early to be sure we got a table the bouncer sabastian i believe was his name told us we had to wait for the rest of our party to get there to get our table "bull ". He told me that he will hold a table for us due to how many ppl we had meeting us there (over 12 ppl). That did not happen. We were then told we can be placed on a waiting list but would have to buy a 200.00 bottle 'bull again".wHAT is the point RSVP if we are not going to get the table. Girls like us want a place to chill. Then us ladys having a great time making the best of it were told my the RUDE bar tender that she was not going to serve us any more THAT IS REALLY BAD BUSINESS AND EMLOYEES.. The bathroom attendant was really rude as well not to mention the bathrooms really need a up grade and WOW the line nearly reached the front entrance. This Club i would say is a total tash no class what so ever even the dancers sucked THEY SHOULD HIRE ME. Fights broke out as well. This is a place i will never return to evr again. Also to add the sound system was HORRIBLE, the music sucked toooo man i sware there is not one good thing i can say about this place, but if you like spanish music as u primary, and a really crowded place n hoochie non classy sluts then this is the place for you, but for the grown and classy i say move on there are better places. I also felt that our party were the only WHITE ppl there. SCREW OFF TRANSIT. O n for a buz kill were ready to leave and police are steady posted that really explains this place and how it goes down. NO more to be said.
02/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Transit several times over the years and it's always been okay (not fabulous, just okay). Hadn't gone in a few years so I decided to go there for my 26th bday. It had a better deal than some other place. We got everything we were promised and Arthur (manager) made sure things were all good. I personally didn't have a problem that night so I'll probably go back again sometime. If you want street parking, get there early. On a side note about the neighborhood: some fool from out of town called this a ""rough"" neighborhood in another post. Somebody tell him he's an idiot and he doesn't know what ""rough"" means. It's a business and industry district, not a crime-laden inner-city street.
03/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I love transit... friday or saturday its always so much fuNN!!.. We get in for free always.. with the text of course. No waitn in line... alot of ppl... lots of dancin and Da drinks arent dat expensive either.. Im even gonna have my 25 bday der!!.. :)
10/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We were promised free entrance til midnight which didn't happen! We even had text messages from 4FANTASTICOS that we tried to show but OSCAR (the front door bouncer) refused to let us in for free, and threatened to charge us $20 each if the text messages were forwarded...The damn text even said ""FORWARD TO FRIENDS PLZ"" at the bottom.!!!! 6 out of 9 of us paid anyway since our party bus left and we just wanted to have a good time. My boyfiend and I later spoke with Oscar (who was rude and gave us an atitude when I questioned the false advertistment)....he then got us free drinks and gave us his number for our troubles....
About 20 minutes later, my friend (who was feeling sick all day) threw up in a small trash can descretely, as I walked to the restroom with her we were bum rushed by these rent a cops and we were forcefullly kicked out without reasoning. The security did not answer any of my questions or get the manager as I requested since I had just spoken with him.... (might I mention that my boyfriend, who tried to ask one of the security guards what was going on, was practically carried out with his head down when he didn't even resist or give them trouble.... This was after our party bought 2 bottles!! Not only was this very humiliating but we were furious for the way this club and it's staff handled our situation! I will tell everyone I know never to step foot in this horrible club, especially when they plan to celebrate their birthday!
3-1-08 I was dancing and the owner came up and told me that he doesn't like the way I dance, "if you want to do that s**t go to the stripper club, not here" but then he PAYS these two girls that were almost naked dancing. To me they looked like Strippers and they CAN'T dance! My point is if he doesn't like anyone to dance on the pole that way, he should remove the damn pole! S**t anyone can go up and stand by it and shake it up but not everyone can do tricks, that's what the pole is for STUPID A** OWNER! For sure this is the last time I will club at this DUMP, if you like a ghetto Club and an A** HOLE OWNER this is the place to be! Please spread the words! NOT all pole Dancer are Strippers & NOT all Strippers Can pole dance!!! Thank you.... NO STARS from me!!!
01/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The very first time I came to Transit was for NYE 2004/05. That night was a really fun night with champagne and all. The next time I came was for the Valentine's party that same year. This night, however, didn't go so well for reasons I don't remember (or don't care to remember). So when it was time to choose a spot to celebrate my birthday, I was pretty hesitant to choose Transit. I guess what did it for me (on paper) was the music selection they played which would've suited my guests (if they did show up, but that's another story). Well, for the most part they were true to their package which is always a plus. They did give me n my guests free cover n a bottle of champagne and free drinks for an hour (even though it was domestic beers and well drinks). I wasn't in time to get a table, so the top of the speaker is where we had to park our stuff. But despite being absent from the place since the Valentine's party, little has changed. I guess that the only gripe I have about the place is the long line outside (especially in the cold, but they do a full patdown at the door), the snotty coat check girls who didn't give me a ticket for my coat and accused me I left it at the bar when all along they never gave me one, and how the rooms were separated. of course, the main room pumped out current dance music, behind the main room played hip hop in a already cramped area, and on the 2nd floor the DJ was playing bachata. I guess I do like the place, after all they did back up their word on the bday package. i just don't know why I can't give them a higher rating, there's always ""something missing"".
12/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
In the mood for HUMILIATION, ANGER, EMBARRASMENT,and BETRAYEL all while dressed in your Saturday Night Finest?!
Ready to recieve dozens of angry text messages and phone calls from people who wasted their gas traveling miles from all parts of the Chicagoland area and it's surrounding subburbs for a party that WAS NOT there!!!
Are you up for being disrespected, yelled at, and cursed at by bouncers and front door staff that treat YOU like liars!!!!
Then by all means disregard this post and book your next birthday bash @ TRANSIT NIGHTCLUB on Saturday, hosted by Brad Altman!!!!
ON November 4th 2006 after nearly a month of correspondance and confirmations, Me, the guest of honor I planned the party for, an over 50 of his guests ( arriving throughout the evening) recieved a surprise from brad and the folks at Transit nightclub...
Brad Altman was not there.
The ""VIP"" number he gave us to call before we arrived went straight to voicemail all 3 times I called.
The bouncers at the front door had no idea about any party.
They didn't care about the papers I had brought with me as proof I had talken to Brad.
They told us to Pay 20$ to get in or leave.
Nevermind the Champagne toast or the reserved VIP mezzanine level I was promised, We couldn't even get through the front door!!!!!!!!
So good luck planning a party @ TRANSIT through Brad Altman, you're gonna need it. and you're also gonna need this ........
312-919-3761 Brad Altman's ""personal cell number""!!!
(VERY IMPORTANT P.S. Bouncers and Managers handling entrance to the club have become increaseingly rude and dismissive to BLACK patrons. The last night I was there and other nights prior, I would see groups of Black clubgoers head towards the club and only a few minutes later head back toward their cars without ever getting inside. I stopped and asked them where they were going and was told they weren't allowed in for various reasons; no untucked dress shirts, no girl's logo-tees, etc. Just a warning!!!)
11/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Transit sucked last saturday 11-11-06. Had attended a bday party here in April, it was awesome. VIP area was actually VIP. We had a reserved spot in the marquee room, accesible with bracelet only. Had champagne toast, it was great. Not last sat. No reserved area, no bracelets, no nothing. Anyone could come and go as they pleased, that meant everyone had free open bar. When the birthday girl arrived for her party they just pointed in the general direction of the marquee room, no host at all. All we heard all night was hip hop, no variety what so ever. We're still waiting for the champagne. I was truly disappointed/embarrassed because it was my friend's first real club experience and it was awful thanks to my recommendation. I will never recommend this place to anyone ever again !!!!
Use to come here and the music and the crowd was great. Now it's crowded with guys standing around staring and couples that need to get a room. Music isn't so great anymore and people seem to like to stand on the dance floor. Not worth the cover. Management needs to clean the place up. Dress code is just casual. Valet also scratched the car. Don't bother to come here on a Saturday.
I have been to transit several times but every time I go it is just packed with skanky girls trying to look like strippers up on the poles. I would not go there on a date. Very packed, dancing is good. I don't like this bartender though. I asked her for salt for my corona and she threw three packets at me.
08/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Would not allow in because of gym shoes, sandals fine but no gym shoes and they insist that website has dress code. Where? Also says ample parking, ya goodluck waiting in parking line for an hour. Not recommend, better off going to a bar. What a joke!!!
07/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I booked my birthday party there and I did not get anything I was promised. I did not get a section, I was promised my friends would get in free until 12:30 a.m. they were charged full price. The bouncers told my friend he could not come in because the club was too full, yet they were still letting other people in. The owner was very rude and treated us very disrespectfull. When my fiancee tried to explain the problems we were having and what we had been promised by his promoters he stated that he had doormen for that and walked away from him. When my fiancee saw him again about half an hour later he asked him if he could have a moment of his time, the owner said no and turned and walked towards the bouncers and told them not to let my fiancee back in. When I went outside to see what was going on the bouncer told me to go ahead and talk to my fiancee and that he would let me back in. When the owner saw me talking to my fiancee he approached the same doorman that had just told me it was ok to go outside and told him not to allow me back in. I then approached the owner and told him that I would leave but I just needed to go back in to tell my friends that I was leaving he said no and got in front of me. The promoters, owner and bouncers were all saying something different. I had never had such a horrible experince. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS CLUB TO MY WORST ENEMY.
09/10/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to many clubs in Chicago... and i've been going to Transit for about 2 yrs... this club is by far the best and only one i go to every thursdays and saturdays... if you haven't been here yet... i highly suggest that you go... this club has a wonderful atmosphere and the best drinks for a cheap price... the play all different genres of music... so you can pretty much dance to anything...
06/02/2005Provided by Citysearch -
A caveat: my friends and I did not actually go inside this club. They must have a new doorman since 2003, because the current doorman is a blowhard. I'll spare the details, but suffice it to say that there was a guestlist misunderstanding (we were supposed to be on the free list, but the doorman tried to charge us half-price anyway, so we left). Go somewhere else instead that's both classier and more respectful -- they're not hard to find (we went to soundbar).
07/24/2003Provided by Citysearch -
This place has pretty good decor, but I wouldn't go again except for a Thursday when a real DJ is there. As another poster stated, the DJ really needed to update his vinyl -- I'm sorry, but I'd like to hear something new when I'm out clubbing, not Alice Deejay and Mousse T. Crowd was a bunch of really shady types, both male and female; the paid dancers were pretty good at what they do. Really cool bartender at the back bar though, she was the only truly good part about the night, but it sure wasn't worth paying to get in.
03/12/2003Provided by Citysearch -
BOUNCER WAS NICE, BUT AFTER THAT THE NIGHT WAS A DRAG. COAT CHECK PEOPLE WERE SLOW, AND UNFRIENDLY, BARTENDERS WERE COCKY, MUSIC WAS FROM TWO YEARS AGO, CROWD WAS BORING!!!!! MY GROUP COULD ONLY STAND AN HOUR BEFORE WE ALMOST FELL ASLEEP FROM BOREDOM. NOT TO MENTION WAY OVERPRICED!!!!!