Dear City of Chicago, leave our art alone.
Here is an in-depth story by Miles Raymer of the Reader which chronicles the troubles at AV-aerie. Apparently founder Marshall Preheim was attempting to run the place under non-profit language, making sure to explicitly state that cover charges were donations and that drink charges were as well (much in the way that art galleries get away with serving booze at openings). Apparently an anonymous neighbor and subsequently, the city, was not buying what Preheim was selling. He is now stuck with a court date and fines in the 10K range, although he's confident they won't actually be that severe. We at RFC are still mourning the loss of AV-aerie and wish Mr. Preheim a speedy recovery.