Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Man Found Dead At Boystown Bathhouse, Cops Investigate

Steamworks building and jacuzzi area (inset) | Google; Yelp

Chicago police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old suburban man who was found unresponsive inside a Boystown bathhouse late Monday night.

Paramedics and police responded after the man was discovered unconscious in the jacuzzi and sauna area of Steamworks, 3246 North Halsted, at 11:30 p.m. The man was pronounced dead upon arrival at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 11:58 p.m., police said.

He checked into the bath house about three hours before being discovered, according to a source.

Officers guarded the scene for several hours overnight while detectives investigated and an evidence technician processed the area.

Police said there were no immediate signs of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled.
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68 comments:

  1. I am so out of it, passed that place so many times and I thought that place was a nightclub.

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    1. The 3232 White Picket Fence Condo Association members thought it was a self-storage place.

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    2. When my sister visited years ago I had to tell her it was a bleach factory when she inquired as we were walking by.

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  2. Drugs. It's very common in that scene. The heat doesn't help the situation either.

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    1. "THAT SCENE???" WOW, JUDGE MUCH??? I know ALOT of straight, bi people who use g and drugs!! Show some respect!!!! 🙁🙁🙁

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  3. This was called the Unicorn Club back in the days when Jeffrey Dahmer used to hang out here.

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  4. I bet it was a drug overdose. So sad.

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    1. probably, I was there inside but i didn't see nothing in the hot tube

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    2. He could have been lifting weights (after blowing the dust off of them) at that "gym" and had a heart attack.

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  5. Drugs are the fuel that keeps the place in business. Like so many other things, the police give the place a free pass. It's 2017, can this disease and drug den go away and be replaced with something we really need like another Starbucks or Walgreens???

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    1. Starbucks? Leave the internet!

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    2. What a terrible response to a sad situation.

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    3. We can get married now. You'd think there'd no longer be a need for these places but I know one that made a big hoopla out of the Civil Union Ceremony and makes bookoo $$$ off of the gay marriage rights events that is a regular bath house bunny. He believes in "intimacy without commitment". I'm still baffled about what is "intimate" about human relations in a bath house but then again, I realized I'm the crazy one and left Chicago and those people altogether.

      I'd would have settled for a good bakery when I was living around there.

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    4. A+++ would get trolled again. Maybe it could be a mattress store?

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    5. Don't be such a judgemental prick. Plenty of people who don't use drugs, myself included, go to Steamworks, and the last thing this neighborhood needs is another Starbucks or Walgreens.

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    6. Christopher, I don't know who you are but.....RIGHT ON!!!

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    7. Some one has died. All many of you can say is oh shoulda made it a Starbucks or walgreens or come up with some BS story and how its bad ..or the man was gay and on drugs... It does not matter .. SO WHAT HE WAS GAY SO WHAT he MAY have done drugs. A man has died people. His family and friends are grieving. It could as well have been a member of anyone of our families. Have some decency and respect and human compassion!

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    8. Hi. Super fun story. The entire chain has a zero tolerance policy on drugs, with a lifetime ban for bringing them into the club. Don't make up reasons that don't exist about things you don't like.

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    9. Thank you for the joy and laughs I've experienced reading the replies to my completely sarcastic comment. I thought that my line "something we really need like another Starbucks or Walgreen's" made it obvious but apparently many of you don't understand snark.

      To clarify: My entire comment was nothing more than a snarky, sarcastic take on the comments made previous to my own.

      More importantly, do you all like Phil Collins? You should listen to Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

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  6. Please don't speculate on cause of death and let's not fuel controversy of our fallen friend.

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    1. No controversy here.

      I had never been in one before but when hearing its name dropped out there 13 times/week, I had to check it out. I was broadening my horizons. Not my scene so I left. I gave it another try and all I could think about the entire time was, even though I don't do drugs, was not wanting to be found dead in there. I was getting around that unexpected heart attack age. And don't go there because that general area was awesome when reaching "daddy" status.

      And as I used to say when guys my age were still playing cat and mouse games like they were still 22....Why have a cracker when you can have a cookie?

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    2. Because everyone has their own flavor. Not everyone wants a cracker. Not everyone wants a cookie.

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    3. Does anyone know the identity of the guy who passed? maybe have a candle light vigil for the poor guy? Human compassion is needed.

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  7. Managers and workers there too are horrible!
    They only see what they want to see !
    When real serious problem they know and rent those private rooms for people who does very bad drugs!

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    1. So what about all the bars and music venues where people are high as kites? What about music festivals? Shut all of them down because of some drug use? No. So then why pick on this place in particular? Because of a bit of homophobia and sex negativity on your part. Please think before you spout off this sort of judgemental nonsense. You might be a bigot.

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    2. Because bars and music venues do not provide a dark steam room and hot tub which is a complete disaster under the influence. You can pass away very quickly if you pass out in a steam room. It's very sad. I would not want my last moments to be at Steamworks! - especially for my family. Rest in piece to whomever this is. 36 is way to young to go.

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    3. From my experience at this place, the staff are pretty good about checking bags. If they find in your bag (drugs, liquids, food) or even suspect that you are under the influence of even alcohol, they will not let you enter. Had a friend get denied entry for being a little buzzed. Nonetheless, it can still be sneaked in. No system is perfect and people will try to do what they want. I do remember on one occasion spending a little time with an attractive couple. Saw one of them about 90 minutes later stumbling and attempting to climb stairs. He had obviously taken something. I was able to help him down the stairs, and get him to my room to lie down for a moment. I was scared for the guy as he was lapsing in and out of conscienceness, and felt that he really needed help bad. Managed to find his partner about 30 minutes later and he did confirm that someone had offered him something, but didn't realize that he had accepted and taken it. Pleaded with me not to report the incident as he would have been removed via ambulance and banned from returning. We watched over him and kept him breathing, but several hours later we were able to move him over to his partner's room very close by, as I had to leave. He was significantly better when I left, but I never saw these guys again, and never did find out the final outcome. I was glad that I was able to help and that someone else didn't get ahold of him and do Lord knows what to him while he was unconscience. For those of us who have seen what people are like as they roam around that place, we have probably all seen something that I'm certain goes on in just about every club, bar, etc., but doing it there, I couldn't imagine being there and not being in my right mind. Regardless, I doubt any of us know the facts and we should not speculate. The guy could have had a health issue. We should keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

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  8. It is not the first time, there was a man who had a heart attack when I worked there in 98

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  9. I miss the tubs none near here

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  10. Sad. It's probably tough to keep people safe in a place designed to look the other way. Jacuzzis are dangerous. Not sure how promoting free sex in a "gym" is even legal. Thought brothels died with Al Capone.

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    1. what are you even talking about? it's not a brothel. a brothel involves prostitutes and paying money for them. Al Capone?
      I've been there before and it's completely safe. stop stereotyping and educate yourself.
      It's not "promoting" free sex any differently than Craigslist is or any other online hook-up site. This one just happens to be public and happening all around you - if you choose - or you go to a private room.

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  11. The manager there (some Indian looking guy) bans people based off of his friends and probably facilitates other activities based on those same friends.

    Shut it down.

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  12. I use to work for steamworks, and let me just say that his cause of death was probably a "g" overdose. In my time of employment with steamworks i noticed allot of corruption and drug use. NIMERPAL 'BATHHOUSE MANAGER IS VERY CORRUPT. HIS POLICY TO US THE ATTENDANTS WAS AS FOLLOWS..... NO DRUGS PERMITTED. UNLESS ITS A CLOSE FRIENDS OF HIS then its fine. I CAN RECAL COUNTLESS TIMES WHEN i would discover drugs "crystal meth, marijuana, g, exstacy, molly the list goes on and on" and company policy is to bann these people only to be let back in the very next night by nirmalpal..and a written warning for me... like wtf.
    .he also would come late at night drunk and so high it was impossible for him to even stand up ..also there policy is as follows.
    If somone is "g'ng" out us the ettendants had to as quickly as possible remove that person from the building and out the back door that leads to a alley. I dont know if anyone has experiance a person g'ng out, but its not fun. We would carry these poor lifeless guys out to the alley and just leave them there. These customers, who were nonresponsive due to the overdose are left yo fend on there own. Eyes rolled back twitching and alone... its very scary... nirmalpal would say " get them out, once they are out of our building they are nolonger our resposibilty" this is why i quit working there. I recall one episode on shift where a similar situation occured. The gentleman also passed out in the steam room and was non responsive when we found him ambulance was called and to this day he is still in a comma. This happened a year ago.... that place needs to be shut the fuck down!!

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    1. Considering you can't even spell Nirmalpal's name or many of the easy vocabulary words your trying to use, you don't make a convincing "expert" witness. Get yourself at least a 4th grade education and then come back and hop into the ring here, Sport.

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    2. You are kidding or high yourself, right? None of this is actually true. So shocked a fired employee would try to make his old boss look back (that was sarcasm).

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    3. Oh ya... Right; like nobody would notice naked drugged up guys wandering around in the alley... Maybe, you got let go for your own reasons!

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  13. The have cameras all over inside this place and the employees watch the cameras why people have sex they even record with cell phones for their own person use for porn .. I don't know how they get away with recording people having sex with out them knowing .

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  14. That place is horrible as a former employee let me first say that its tottaly drugs... g meth heroin molly run like water there. And tho there policy is no drugs or alcahol, its complete opposite. Nirmalpal the manager is so corrupt that he would have us attendants let in his drug dealer friends come in with drugs... and we would have to turn the other way. I often tried to 86 some of them when i discoverd drugs on there person. Only to be let back in by nimerpal. He also would check on high and ao drumk that he couldn't stand on his own..... i recall on shift several times where cuatomers were found non responsive due to drugs, and instead of callin authorities nirmalpal would have us dump the twitching non responsive body out thru the exit from the main office that leads to the back alley... its terrible.. this is why i left... that place needs to be shut the fuck down ... one time on my shift while working at steamworks we had to deal with a drug over dose ... a man was found in the first floor steamroom non responsive... and to this day that gentleman is still in a coma... "dont call for a ambulance or cops and get him out of here. I want you to 86 him immediatly and take him to the alley" ordered tyrel night manager and nirmalpal steamworks needs to be shut down

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  15. Really horrible comments here shame on you all.

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    1. I agree with you. I've been there dozens of time within the last 6 years and have had no problem and haven't seen anything in this story form. I'm not saying it doesn't exist but, these ppl need to check themselves and their friends. Let's take inventory: it's on Halsted St. PPL come in from going out to the bars.
      There's always a risk of getting into a sauna or steam room whether you're on prescription meds or street drugs or if you've been drinking or any reason or condition.

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  16. Must be over drug discussion place who play there

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  17. DRUGS OR JUST BAD TIMING

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  18. Bathhouses date back as far as the Ancient Greeks. The Romans had bathhouses with game rooms, water slides, gardens, and libraries. While the tradition of public bathing has dwindled over time, there is still a community of law abiding, drug free citizens who frequent bathhouses for social reasons. To discredit centuries of tradition because of rumors or a few members who use it for more nefarious purposes is illogical and closed-minded. The same argument could be said for public parks, pubs/taverns, or even hotels/hostels. After reading some of the negative comments on this article, one might assume more than one of you could use a relaxing visit to a bathhouse. :)

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    1. I love you! Lol. What's scary is that I just visited Steamworks for the first time Saturday night. Then I see this!!!! Makes me not want to go back. However, I had an amazing time there. I used to live in Japan, and they have onsens. However, they are not for sex (at least not the ones I visited). I hope Steamworks stays open, but it sounds like they need a new manager.

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    2. Agreed, they know not what they "speculate" about. Visit it, then comment.

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    3. Thank you! Well said.

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  19. I think people should judge there are drugs every where and other reasons people die. Steamworks is a well run safe clean environment and a lot of people go here and enjoy the place they have he best jacuzzi anywhere and an awesome steam room. It's about more then all the bad things people say it's for. It's a good place professional and decent. And the person that says we don't know why we need this because we have the ability to be married now that everybody wants to be married and that everybody wants to be in a committed relationship some people want to meet people or they want to be in environment where they can feel free to do what they want there are a lot more single people in the world and there are married people. Some people would not find themselves comfortable meeting at a bar or a club but would find themselves comfortable meeting someone in that environment we don't need another Walgreens or a Starbucks anywhere on this planet and it's a great business that makes money and pays its fair share his discreet and represents itself well for the purpose that it's intended

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    1. Nirmalpal, is that you? Your narco boy just g'd out in the hot tub. Better get him out the "back door".

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    2. Seriously? Its a trash shoot and you know it.

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    3. "best jacuzzi" can't read that without an eastern european accent.

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    4. "Trash shoot"? Really? Complaining about something being trashy and you can't spell your complaint right.

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  20. As a long time traveler in Asia -- life is more fun with brothels and 'massage' places. America has become too corporate and quite boring.

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  21. WOW! I didn't know that there were so many negative narrow minded inconsiderate assholes left in the gay community...with out knowing anything about this mans history of health most of you jump to assume the cause of death is drug overdose
    "shame on all of you!" and for all the comments about "shutting that place down"
    I mean really? men will always find a place to have sex, maybe in restrooms the woods in parks at the lake or in your bed while your at work! its 2017 and bath houses are staples in gay communities all over the world! you don't care for them? then don't go to them! its really that simple. RIP

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  22. assuming that all the negative bath house comments are from people who are under 30yrs
    old I have one word for you "STONEWALL"

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  23. I figured out what this place was about 7 years ago. They had a huge banner on the front of the building during gay pride, it read, "Get your pearl necklaces here!"

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  24. But anyway it is comical how Trump is their biggest fear out on that strip.

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    1. What does that mean?

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  25. Shut the place down once and for all, it's a blight on the community. If this place were for straight people the city would have raided it and shut it down in the 1980s.

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    1. Welp, it's for non-straight people and it was raided by police in the 1990s by vice cops on at least twice. It's a legal business operation.

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  26. Last year I visited this place. Was there for about an hour and my sugar dropped . The manager treated me like a criminal & wanted to ban me??? Not to mention without giving me a refund. Told him I would call the police & he backed off that idea. So.... I have to agree with the way they treat people. Was followed for about 2 hours & made me very uncomfortable. Definitely will not be visiting this place again. There are too many other places in the USA to go to. The staff here IS very rude & agreed I DID see a lot of drug use going on.

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  27. Heart attacks are not uncommon in hot tubs. The heat dialates your arterial system and things go boom.

    If you are ever in one, and you start to feel dizzy, or get blurred vision, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY. While you might not die from cardiac arrest, you are likely to drown.

    Worse yet, mix in ED drugs,or street drugs like K or T and you are just asking for it. Same thing with alcohol.

    Lastly, that tub is cranked up enough to poach an egg, its way beyond a healthy temperature. I'm a healthy man, but after about 15 minutes, im off for a cold shower.

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  28. I was walking by when the CFD brought him out. Blue. Doing CPR. He looked long dead. I wonder how many guys walked by him after he died before anyone said anything at all. He was an overweight white guy, balding. but 36 is young for a heart attack, so a drug OD is a plausible story. it's private, no one will ever know. they do try to keep people out who are on drugs or drunk, yet there are lots of people who use drugs while in there. and there is a reputation that you can find drugs in there despite their policies. it is a locus of STDs also (supremely so). but it is a place patronized by adults. shutting it down would not make anything better though. but this discussion is appropriate. guys go there for sex, maybe for drugs. the risks are not so apparent, or willfully overlooked. this discussion brings out the risks. adults make risk / reward decisions every day. in a free society, closing it down is not the right answer, but trash talking it is absolutely acceptable, and the thought of being left dead on the steam room floor by callus patrons is an image that might dissuade some from going in there--so talk it out.

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  29. A very young age to pass, may he R.I.P. regardless of the circumstances that caused his death. Contrary to a few people here, I believe this place is ran very professionally, the staff is very capable and they do the best possible job at making this legal establishment safe for everyone. A very sad event took place; pray for this man's soul and his loved ones' suffering. Don't target steamworks for an issue that is prevalent outside its walls.

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    1. You CANNOT deny what goes on INSIDE it's walls either, whether there are barriers to play "ignorance is bliss" or not.

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  30. As a customer of Steamworks, I can attest that by its nature, the temperature inside the large hot tub is usually kept very warm for the comfort of those using it. It is possible that the deceased may have had a heart attack brought on by staying in the hot tub too long. There could have been other factors involved, but it generally not recommended that one remain in a hot tub or sauna for a prolonged period of time. This is a very unfortunate event, but this could have happened in any hot tub. It is not something exclusive to just gay bathhouses. Many use have used Steamworks hot tub without incident. R.I.P.

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