Eight Chicago-Area Restaurant Closures to Know

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As winter arrives in Chicago, restaurants are bars are preparing for the New Year with an additional splash of uncertainty as the country continues to deal with COVID-19.

Below, Eater is cataloging both temporary and permanent restaurant closures in Chicago. If you know of a restaurant, bar, or other food establishment that has closed since the start of the pandemic, please email chicago@eater.com. We will continue to update this post.

For the summer and early fall’s closures, go here.

Andersonville: Bird Cage, the LGBTQ-friendly restaurant and nightclub, has closed after a year at 5310 N. Clark Street. Block Club Chicago first reported the story. Owner Martin Cournane (Wilde. Lady Gregory’s) had operated a Mexican restaurant, Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, the space.

Avondale: An Instagram post from ownership announced that Kiosk Balkan Street Food, 3517 N. Spaulding Avenue, is “closed for the foreseeable future” due to a death in the family. The restaurant opened in April.

Jefferson Park: El Sabor la Michoacanita, 4442 N. Milwaukee Avenue., is closing on Sunday, December 19, after two years. Block Club Chicago has details.

Lincoln Square: After 45 years in Lincoln Square, Rosded Thai (2308 W. Leland Avenue), has closed, according to Block Club Chicago. Rosded was part of a large Thai community in the area — one that explains why restaurants like Spoon, Rainbow, and Thai Room — clustered in the neighborhood.

Magnificent Mile: Bandera, a popular Michigan Avenue restaurant, has remained closed since March 2020. There’s no official confirmation, but signs point toward this being permanent. There’s a property listing for the space a 535-541 N. Michigan Avenue.

Wicker Park: Michigan State University favorite Conrad’s Grill — where the speciality was late-night wraps filled with tater tots, closed in November at 1422 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 1,600-square-foot space with basement is on the market, according to broker Michael Weber.

South Deering: Taco Mex, 10658 S. Torrence Avenue, is closed, according to food writer Titus Riscutti.

Wheeling: Tuscany, Phil Stefani’s Italian restaurant chain, will close its suburban Wheeling location on January 2, according to the Daily Herald. This ends a 22-year run.

Tuscany

1014 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 829-1990 Visit Website

Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

5310 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 293-1223 Visit Website

Two

1132 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 624-8363 Visit Website

Kiosk Balkan Street Food

3517 North Spaulding Avenue, , IL 60618 Visit Website

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