Alcohol-Free Bar to Open in Northwest Suburb

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    All you sober partiers, this may be the place for you.

    A new bar is preparing to open in the northwest suburb Crystal Lake this month, but the facility is creating a buzz with its new party strategy—no alcohol.

    The Other Side, set to open April 27, will work with various companies, sponsors and community organizations to provide clean, sober fun at it's bar and night club combination, according to the bar's website.

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    The bar, which is only open four nights each week, offers several lounge areas for “casual gatherings” on the weekends, a pool table, Ping-Pong table, bag toss set and darts.

    They will also feature live music, karaoke, open mic nights, and dances.

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    The group behind the facility, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services, is a non-profit group that also provides the McHenry County area with a treatment facility, or halfway house, and intends to ease the transition of those coming off addiction.

    Chris Reed, president of the New Directions Addiction Recovery Services and former drug addict, said the bar will create a "healthy atmosphere" and is "an important place for people in recovery," the Daily Herald reported.

    The bar intends to unite the area’s sober community, as well as others wanting to enjoy substance-free fun, and give sober people more than just a movie theater or park for entertainment.