History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

Clubhouse Filling Station
Capers/ Illusions
Location: 6325 120th Avenue, Kenosha


October 1997

Male/ female
Bar/ social



The first mention of Clubhouse Filling Station found is an advertisement in 'Wisconsin Light' newspaper (volume 10-issue 18) reading "Coming Soon", and refering to "The house with the mouse on top". (This refers to a large fiberglass mouse mounted on top of the building, readily visible on the east side frontage road of I-94.)

Otherwise, very little is known about this bar. It was apparently some sort of "complex", with some advertisements reading simply "Clubhouse Filling Station", and others also using the term "Club Capers Illusions" as a dance bar. There is also one photo of a 'Ms Gay WI USofA Pageant' held at Capers/ Illusions in 1999.

Further research is needed to determine open and closing periods.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.

Easter Advertisement
(Quest vol 5 #5, April 1998)
Advertisement, Benefit show
at 'Club Capers Illusions' for Kelli Jo Klein
(Quest vol 6 #5, April 1999)
Photos from 'Ms Gay WI USofA Pageant'
at 'Capers/ Illusions'
(Quest vol 6 #10, June 1999)

1998 Advertisement for
"Clubhouse Filling Station Restaurant and Tavern"
(Jerry Johnsoin collection)

View of the building in 2014,
as 'The Hub' restaurant
(photo by Don Schwamb)

View of the building with the old Mouse,
since removed, superimposed back
on the top of the building as it had once been
(The old mouse statue was then
on the ground in the back yard)
(by Don Schwamb)

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: October-2020.

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