On Tuesday, Daley used the shuttered club at 766 W. Jackson as a backdrop for a
crackdown he called long overdue. The mayor said it's time to jail the owners of
buildings where raves are held, instead of fining them or allowing them to slip
through the regulatory cracks because they sell bottled water and juices, not liquor.
"The people who run rave parties or own the rooms where they take place know exactly
what's going on, but the city does not have sufficient powers to hold them responsible."
For years, Chicago teenagers and preteens have been paying anywhere from $15 to $25
to attend underground raves, which usually start in the wee hours and can last until 10 a.m.
In 1999, Chicago Police started finding kids unconscious at such parties as designer drugs
like Ecstasy gained in popularity across the city. Ecstasy, GHB and nitrous oxide, or laughing
gas, are the drugs of choice at the parties.
Ecstasy is "starting to overtake cocaine and heroin" as the drug of choice among young people,
with sometimes deadly consequences, particularly when mixed with the sedating drug GHB, said
Dr. Tim Erickson, emergency room physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.