Clear Bar Chicago – Bar Rescue Update – Underground Wonder Bar – Open or Closed?

Is Clear Bar still open in 2022?

Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 15, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Underground Wonder Bar
Clear Bar Address: 710 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60654

Clear Bar Chicago - Bar Rescue Update - Underground Wonder Bar

Episode Recap

Originally named Underground Wonder Bar, Clear Bar was a Chicago, Illinois bar bar featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. Though the Clear Bar Bar Rescue episode aired in February 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in 2014. It was Episode 12 of Season 4.

The Underground Wonder Bar is located in the River North District of Chicago, Illinois.

The owner is Lonie Walker, a musician.

Lonie opened the bar in 1989 after she performed in bars all over Chicago.

Underground Wonder Bar was a popular place to go for live music.

She ran the bar successfully for over twenty years, so she definitely had a successful run.

The bar closed in 2011 and raised money to move to a new location.

Now the rent is higher, and they are losing $2,000.00 monthly.

They are doing the same amount of business, but her overhead costs are much higher, which is why she needs help from Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue crew.

The staff is unmotivated, debt is mounting, and Lonie refuses to adapt to the new area and clientele.

The Underground Wonder Bar is a two-level establishment with over 3,000 square feet of space. 

The bartender says Lonie is the problem. She would rather perform instead of run a bar.

The menu is also all vegan food which Jon does think the customers would like.

Jon brings in bartender Russel Davis and Chef Pink for assistance.

Jon says Lonie can’t sing.

Jon then brings in John and Mimi from “The Local” to recon.

Jon asks why there are crayons on the bar. Lonie then asks Jon if he dyes his hair. 

It’s definitely a bit of a weird episode, right?

Jon meets with the staff of the Underground Wonder Bar and tells them how the recon went.

Lonie’s son forces her to take a step back, but she rejects Jons’s help.

Jon says the bar is too mismatched. He has the staff paint the exterior of the bar white to represent a fresh new start. 

During the stress test, Jon does not want any music played, which does not make Lonnie too happy.

The bar could be successful if Jordan, Lonie’s son, managed it instead.

Lonie is no help during the stress test. Jon has Jordan close down the bar. 

The next morning Lonie meets with Jon and apologizes for her resistance.

Lonie signs documents agreeing to the name change and Jordan as the general manager. 

Russel shows the bar staff new drinks to make, such as a Clear Collins and Art and Money Mule.

Chef Pink also shows the kitchen staff new items that will be added to the menu.

Jon says Lonie is the most challenging owner he has ever worked with. He is not impressed with her. 

Jon renamed the Underground Wonder Bar the Clear Bar.

Everyone else is impressed except for Lonie. During the relaunch, everyone is excited and happy.

Lonie has turned around and now fully trusts Jon. 

Clear Bar Update - What Happened Next?

So, was the newly named Clear Bar in Chicago able to turn things around after the visit from Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue?

Well, six weeks later, the sales at Clear Bar are up by thirty percent! So it seems like something positive changed.

However, Lonnie took the new name sign down even though she promised Jon she would not.

She returned back to the old name of Underground Wonder Bar.

While the bar did manage to continue on for a couple of years with its old name, the Underground Wonder Bar closed down for good in September 2017.

As of 2022, the old Clear Bar Chicago location is listed for sale on various real estate listing sites.

The asking price is $2.5 million, so you’ll need to have some cash to throw around if you want to have your own Underground Wonder Bar.

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Last updated: 2022-01-09 05:58

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