Tubby’s was open until 1973, when a lawsuit shut down all nude dancing establishments in Racine. Tubby’s was popular with sailors who would come in by the Chicago and Northwestern train from Great Lakes (Naval Station Great Lakes) in North Chicago, Illinois.
Some references say that Tubby’s was owned by Ted Witheral, who was at various times an ex-sheriff and an ex-coroner of Racine.
Go-Go of Racine, Inc. vs. City of Racine, 1971
McCue vs. the City of Racine, 1971
Nude Dancer Takes Off On High Court Decision, Milwaukee Sentinel, 1972
Other clubs with nude dancing at the time:
- Pussycat Lounge on Douglas Ave.
- D’s Set on Racine Street