Helen Schiller Makes Sure Everyone Has a Place….at Topless Bars
From a August 2, 2010 statement by Ald. Helen Schiller
…we should be able to make sure that everyone has a place in the city, and when we do development … we should make sure that the people who are here today will be here when that is complete … my most singular perspective was to prove that that is possible. … we have to have a city that is not just inclusive about our diversity but is serious and honest about making sure that everyone has a place here…
The owner of a controversial Near North Side strip club had some help in convincing the city to let it stay open from a firm co-owned by a familiar face at City Hall — former Ald. Helen Shiller.
Lakeview Strategy Group was Shiller’s first gig following her decision to not seek re-election after 24 years as 46th Ward alderman. She founded the consulting firm in 2011 with five other partners, including her son Brendan and several former staffers from her days in office.
One of the firm’s clients is Perry Mandera. Mandera, a trucking executive whose companies have made big contributions to local politicians, is the president of Pooh Bah Enterprises, which owns and operates VIP’s, a Gentlemen’s Bar located at 1531 N. Kingsbury.
It touts itself as “Chicago’s only full liquor and topless bar.”