Bollywood option for New Year's Eve
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#1 Jan 2, 2009
The bollywood themed event referenced here was a scam run by organizers. The event organizers took payments online through a third party website; overbooked the event to at least twice the available capacity; and then vanished 30 minutes before midnight when the cops arrived to vacate a overcrowded party hall with more than a thousand people inside and hundred people outside getting mad and wanting their money back.
In short, the event was a New Years Eve gone bad for hundreds of young people, not to mention the $40 to $80 pre-paid cover charge lost in the process. The organizers have taken down all contact information from their website and the party hall used for the event, "The Mansion", will not divulge information.
I request Tribune to investigate and expose the organizers.
Thank you and have a great 2009.
#2 Jan 2, 2009
This was one awful party I got into on new years eve on dec 31, 2008. The party was organized by a group who called themselves South Asian Young professionals and advertized it as Club Bollywood had more than 1000 attendants.
Venue: Stan Mansion: 2408 N Kedzie Av Chicago IL
Cops Intervention: The cops came in before the new year and yes STOPPED the party. It was called OFF and everyone was asked to leave immediately. Thus there was no new yr countdown or champagne toast as promised.
False Advertizing:(1) The brochure mentioned this was a club named as Bollywood Mansion had two levels, a separate lounge and Projectors, Plasma screens and Indian decor. None of this was true. It was just one big hall with a small 50 People capacity room by the side which they called the VIP Lounge.
(2) 5 reputed DJs were listed on the brochure. Only one of them played.
Unsafe: The VIP Lounge had an official board that said it could have a max capacity of only 50 People. There were more than 200+ People in the room at one time were forced to remain inside if they wanted to consume alcohol and not go where the DJ was playing. What kinda party is that!!!
Underage Admission/ Drinking: There were countless below 21 years males and females in the party clearly having access to the the cash bar where no IDS were checked. Did I mention no IDs were checked even at the entrance!!!!
Open Bar Special: There was a 4 Hour open bar that was promised for the VIP tickets that we had bought. The alcohol was served for only 2 hours, it was not cold and it did not have all the variety that was promised.
Coat Check Mess: Now this one is the like the cherry on the cake! When 1000 people que up for getting their coats back we find out that the coats have lost their tags and hence everyone had to find their coats by themselves. Missed coats, exchanged coats, lost coats, pushing and rushing and did I mention almost a stampede!!! It took us 2 hrs to get our coats back while many did not even find theirs and had to go out just like that in the cold....
#3 Jan 2, 2009
This party was organized by bunch of dumb asses. They did not realize that they were sold out and kept selling tickets until the end. DJís equipment went out several times because of power failure. I didnít see any decorations as advertised. The worst part was when the cops came in at 11:45 to shut down the party. I was surprised that City of Chicago gave a permit to host a New Yearís party in The Mansion, which is situated in a residential area. Anyhow, next New Yearís Eve, I wonít be going to a party organized by Indians. All of the above mentioned by Ajay and DgOne is correct.
#4 Jan 2, 2009
One more thing, anyone who has used a credit card to purchase tickets, you can always call your credit card company for a charge back. Too bad, I paid with cash.
#5 Jan 8, 2009
Promoter's name is DJ Skyy of ExclusiveChicago.com , aka Zain. He certainly screwed a lot of ppl. That sucks.
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