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 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: 2022-03-13 07:43

15 thoughts on “Clear Bar Chicago – Bar Rescue Update – Underground Wonder Bar – Open or Closed?”

  1. First time that Jon wasn’t too hard towards the owner and staff members. This episode is hilarious,
    My favorite part is when the owner curse in sign language and at one scene when she asked Jon “do you dyed your hair” hahahahaha.

  2. I cursed “Lonie” throughout the episode–absolutely the most hard-headed, clueless, self-obsessed, lacking class, vision of reality woman I’ve ever witnessed. Oh, and she’s also a LIAR–the thing I most despise in anyone. In short, she did not deserve to be rescued.

    Her son, on the other hand, was a talented, hard-working jewel of a person, and I hope he’s found success elsewhere, and his idiot of a mother stays out of the way.

      • 1) The traditional term is “buffoon”. Not everyone is a cool dude fire hipster, okay?
        2) Lonie’s problem is that she is hopelessly lost in the past. I suspect we were witnessing the very first vestiges if clinical dementia. She doesn’t need a business to run, she needs an assisted-living facility.

  3. This lady was an absolute psycho!!! I wanted to knock some sense into her!! Too much LSD I guess…what an immature idiot! Good riddance!

  4. After watching the episode and being in business for 30 years in several different areas including the bar/ restaurant business this woman is a clear moron in running a business in that area!!!😭🤮🤪

  5. I’ve watched this episode three times…train wrecks are difficult to ignore. Actually one of the main reasons is she reminds me of a woman my wife has known for over 30 years. I know they’re not related, but the two of them could have been separated at birth.
    Judy’s assessment was spot on.

  6. Lonnie was so embarrassing. I was cringing the whole time she “performed”. If I had been one of her customers I would have got up and left. She was so childish and had zero talent. Maybe too many drugs. Her son seemed like a great guy. Hope he is doing well. Don’t care about the old hippie.

  7. Such a sad episode. I REALLY liked the look of CLEAR BAR! What a waste- I hope the son is currently successful in something.

    • No it’s still the owner’s bar – they can do whatever they want with it. They aren’t required to keep Jon Taffer’s changes, even though it seems like a waste to ignore them.

  8. That woman deserved to fail, she was stuck in her ways. You can only tell someone so many times that the area requires a more sophisticated bar before you just walk away and Jon should have just walked away.

  9. Please give an update on how Jordan and his family are doing, hopefully very well somewhere and successful at it!


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