A convent is taking legal action against a strip club in Stone Park, Chicago for ruining their daily rituals and overall peace with their loud music and overbearing customers.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians filed a lawsuit to shut Club Allure down. The convent claims the strip club is too close to their place of worship. The nuns say they’ve dealt with flashing lights, brawls, and broken bottles and used condoms in the streets.
The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians say in the suit that Club Allure has ruined their peace with blinking neon lights and loud thumping music. The nuns say they have witnessed drunken fights and found condoms littering the area.
The suit, filed against the club and the village of Stone Park, states that the club violates a state law against operating adult entertainment within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship.
Club Allure opened its doors last fall, but the nuns and other members of the community have battled Cook County officials for the past two years.
The fight over the club has been raging for years. Village Board members initially denied a strip club proposed by the same ownership in 2009, Krone said, but when the owners sued, the village settled the suit by allowing the club.
The club’s former owner now serves as its attorney. Robert Itzkow claims that the lawsuit has nothing to do with the noise.
“This is an ideological dispute. The club is soundproofed and keeps lighting and deliveries in the front to avoid bothering neighbors,” he said. “The club is next to a container yard and a recycling dump, in an area zoned for adult entertainment and in a village known for strip clubs.”
Allure is also next to three houses, whose occupants plan to sue the strip club as well.
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