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Emil's Shutters Due to Construction

Emil%27s-interior-sm.jpgWhile the construction along Wacker Drive may eventually be great for traffic, it's not the best thing for local businesses. Emil's Bar & Grille, a 25-year-old restaurant many frequented for lunch and before visiting the Lyric Opera, closed last week. Owner John Boutzarelos said business at his upscale Loop spot dropped by nearly 40 percent since the road rehab project started in January. "We decided we were better off shutting it down than keep losing money," he said. [CBB]