The closing of Primary Nightclub had little to do with COVID-19 but the pandemic didn’t help. Back in June of 2017, city inspectors shut down Primary and several neighboring establishments at Primary’s Division Street address due to “electrical code violations the city believes exist within the building we are located,” as Primary stated at the time.

“The plan is to be open soon so that we can continue to provide amazing dance music to our customers,” they wrote in June of 2017. “Thank you for your support.”

To put four years in perspective: Donald Trump had been in office for just 5 months when the last patron walked through Primary, and people wearing masks would probably be turned away at the door rather than waved inside.

Through the following 50 months, Primary’s Derek Specs repeatedly told people that he was working diligently toward a reopening. Not a few people doubted him.

But now it’s going down: tickets for the first show since June 2017 are now on sale for Primary’s grand reopening on September 3, 2021. Chicago house veteran Ron Carroll will headline, with Specs and Steve Gerard playing b2b and a special guest to be announced. It’s apparently half sold-out since tickets went on sale this morning; stay tuned to as more of Primary’s future calendar is revealed.

And welcome back. Dance responsibly.