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FMEL Beauty Bar Showcase, August 24, 2012
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Beauty Bar is transforming into defunct teen club Zero Gravity for Halloween weekend

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Last year, Naperville teen nightclub Zero Gravity threw its final booze-free, EDM-soundtracked foam party and closed its doors for good. The club, which only allowed patrons between the ages of 16 and 24 into the strobe light-filled room, was a rite of passage for many suburban teenagers, who put on their finest Jersey Shore-inspired outfits and posed for photos on the dance floor that can only be described as "future blackmail material." When we referred to it as "the suburbs' trashiest club," we weren't mincing our words.

Now an entire generation that experienced the Axe Body Spray fog of the adolescent hangout will have a chance to relive their most scandalous teenage memories as Beauty Bar transforms into Zero Gravity over Halloween weekend. From October 27 to 29, the West Town bar is paying tribute to the suburban spot with three nights of parties that will force you to reckon with all your favorite ‘90s jams.

The Zero Gravity tribute kicks off on Friday, October 27 with a Jock Jams edition of Beauty Bar's monthly Bump 'n Grindcore party, followed by a ‘90s-themed Halloween bash on Saturday, October 28. If you were one of the angsty kids, find your old My Chemical Romance T-shirt and show up for Emo vs. Pop Punk on Sunday, October 29.

There's no word yet on whether or not there will be foam, gratuitous strobe lights or lasers on the dance floor, but you might as well expect the unexpected. Of course, unlike the original Zero Gravity, these parties will only be open to individuals who are 21+ and you'll be able to (legally) drink. Just remember: If you do something embarrassing, the pictures are still gonna show up on MySpace... er, Facebook.

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