Notable Chicago Punk Events in 1981
- March 9-11, 1981 - Busted at Oz is recorded at Oz's North Broadway location. It would be released on Autumn Records later that year.
- March 23, 1981 - Black Flag plays Space Place; Husker Du plays the after party at Oz (the infamous "blue paint" show)
- July 15, 1981 - Black Flag plays Tuts with the Effigies and DV8. Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski beats up a bouncer.
- August 3, 1981 - Minor Threat plays O'Banions
- Autumn Records release The Effigies Haunted Town EP