Iconic Chicago restaurants and bars lost during the pandemic


After two years of the pandemic, there have been nearly 15,000 COVID-19 deaths in Cook County alone, along with the loss of more than 2,000 local restaurants, bars and small businesses that make up the fabric of Chicago.

Here are five emblematic places who are no longer with us:

🎧 Danny’s Tavern: This Bucktown mainstay was a favorite haunt of the arts community as well as home to some of the city’s top DJs. It was a unique place nestled between old houses on Dickens.

🇩🇪 Huettenbar: The German-inspired bar serves traditional German beers like Hefeweizen. The open windows gave a welcoming atmosphere to weary Lincoln Square travelers.

🎳 Southport Lanes: Opened in 1922, Lakeview bowling still manually laid its pins. It was a staple for food, drink and group outings.

🏒 West end: Only 14 years old, this West Loop sports bar was still the default place to celebrate the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup runs. It was also where local news was broadcast to capture the celebrations.

🥩 Ronny’s Steakhouse: The classic cafeteria served cheap steak. It was a must for late night workers in the Loop, including Monica.

Honorable mentions: BlackBird, Bandera, Ditka’s, West Egg Café, The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen, Francesca’s on Taylor (and Bryn Mawr), Davanti Enoteca, I|O Godfrey, Sir & Madame, Arclight Cinemas (Lincoln Park) and Café Spiaggia.

📫 What are you missing? E-mail [email protected] with your favorites that have closed during the pandemic and we’ll include the answers in a future list.

Go further: La Tribune has compiled a full list of closed favorites.


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