10 Chicago restaurants that closed permanently in 2020

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The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on many businesses over the past few months. And sadly, some restaurants couldn’t stay afloat. From neighborhood joints to big, popular chains, here’s a quick roundup of popular Chicago restaurants closing in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Trattoria No. 10

10 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602

This Chicago Italian restaurant is closing its doors for good after 30 years of activity. Thanks to its proximity to various theaters, the Trattoria was ideal for an elegant dinner and a show. According to a GoFundMe, supporters raised more than $17,000 to help former employees.

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Specialty coffee and bakery

Various locations

Slightly shocking: As of May 19, this top-rated breakfast and lunch spot has closed all 55+ locations. Their website simply states, “Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenue.

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Connections

1559 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Pour one for our homies at this neighborhood favorite. On April 23, the owners said on their Facebook page: “Unfortunately, with the current situation, we cannot say for sure when or where we will see you again, but rest assured, we will see you all again.”

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Toast

2046 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Toast owner Jeanne Roeser announced on Facebook that the two Chicago restaurants will close in 2020. For 24 years, the popular brunch spot was busy every weekend. However, COVID has changed that forever.

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The Windsor

4530 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630

Located in Streeterville, the American bar & grill announced on Facebook that it will be closing permanently: “Today we raise our glass to our amazing team, guests and vendors for making us part of your community over the past 5 last years. Today we are also closing our doors permanently due to the challenges we have faced due to the coronavirus.

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Monty’s tap

600W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

People in River North will need to find a new watering hole – Monty’s Tap is officially closed. The hotel group that operated Monty’s (Four Corners) even took down its website. It is unclear if COVID caused the closure or if they closed for other reasons.

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Taqueria Sabor y Sazon

2018 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Owners Jesus Quiroz and Mercedes Cruz were forced to close their Pilsen-based restaurant in 2020. This establishment has been accessible to Chicago residents for seven years. However, tThe couple said rent and bills were among the reasons for the closure, but event cancellations and school closures were also making it difficult to operate. The community raised over $4,000 on GoFundMe for the husband and wife team.

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House of ‘Za

1939 Byron Street West, Chicago, IL 60613

Chicago’s one and only vegan pizzeria will officially close on June 20 after just one year in business. The owners shared on Instagram, “With the current pandemic, as well as the tremendous cost of operating a business in Chicago, we are no longer able to remain open for business.”

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Fahlstrom Fresh Fish Market

1258 Belmont Avenue West, Chicago, IL 60657

Lakeview residents will have to seek their seafood fix elsewhere. Owner Glenn Falhstrom wrote on their company’s website, “The new restaurant model asks owners to put employees at risk so their business can eventually survive. It’s an “acceptable risk” that I can’t take. Restoration as I know it is gone and won’t be back for years. It was hard enough when the playing field was supposed to be even, now it’s tilted beyond recognition.

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7021 Higgins Ave West, Chicago, IL 60656

After serving Latin American cuisine for five years, Congas decided to call it quits. The owner wrote a Facebook post explaining, “COVID-19 has made me realize the most important things in life. Having this time off from the restaurant made me appreciate the time spent with my family.

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