Are you or someone you know struggling with addiction?

Find Substance-Free Fun at The Other Side!

Since leaving behind drug or alcohol addiction, have you felt like you’re missing out in your social life? Bars and clubs become no-go zones when you’re in recovery, but those aren’t the only places you can go to unwind.

The Other Side is a sober bar in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where you can meet and socialize with others recovering from addiction in a safe, substance-free environment. This nonprofit organization and its members work together to provide a healthy and positive experience for members of the recovery community who miss having an active nightlife.

A casual lounge area features a pool table, ping pong tables, bag toss sets, darts, and video games, all available during regular operating hours. For larger events, The Other Side utilizes its professional lighting, sound system, and custom stage. The atmosphere is great for live music, karaoke, open mic nights, comedy, and dancing. Additionally, The Other Side hosts monthly events as well as member-led support groups that meet regularly.

By providing a positive environment for de-stressing and building relationships with others in recovery, The Other Side strives to unite and support the sober community in McHenry County and the Chicagoland area.

If you or a loved one wants more out of your post-addiction social life or just needs a place to get away, stop by The Other Side today!

The Other Side is an affiliate of New Directions Addiction Recovery Services. For more information, please visit

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