Home orders and capacity limits might be a thing of the past for now, but make no mistake: Chicago’s restaurant industry is still struggling to find its place. There have been a few glimmers of hope since we started this list – a few places, like Guthrie’s and the California Clipper, are slated to reopen under new management – but issues like labor shortages, conflict rental prices and skyrocketing food prices have caused other restaurants to plummet in the month since Chicago’s reopening, from Michelin-starred Spiaggia to smaller spots in town.
Here, we continue to pay tribute to some of Chicago’s most notable and heartbreaking restaurant closings during the pandemic, from the adorable Income Tax wine bar and Blackbird foodie destination to the South Loop Tantrum club. (We’ve also highlighted which restaurants and bars have announced plans to reopen.) This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does offer a glimpse of what the industry has been facing for over a year and a half. . Say goodbye at some of the notable restaurants and bars that won’t be reopening in Chicago, and raise a drink to those who are planning their return. Then be sure to show your love to your favorite locals by ordering take out, buying a gift card, or leaving a positive review. No gesture is too small because independent restaurants everywhere continue to fight for their survival.