After more than 17 years in business, management announced on Sunday night that the Hungry Brain would be closing. The dive bar at 2319 W. Belmont St. will shut down on December 15.
These are just like the others: Hot Doug's, Club Foot, Hungry Brain. It's been an amazing 17 + 3/4 yrs. We have you to thank. We'll miss you— Hungry Brain (@HungryBrainChi) November 3, 2014
Dimly lit and the home to a variety of events including concerts, improv comedy and lectures, the Hungry Brain drew a crowd of artists, neighbors and hipsters. The non-profit Homeroom Chicago would often host lectures at the bar covering topics including the history of Godzilla movies and, most recently last month, a program about fan fiction. The staff mourned the Brain's loss on Sunday night.
"We loved working with them because the staff was great, they were open to our experiments, and our audiences always enjoyed visiting the Brain with its warm setting and low prices," said Homeroom's Aaron Rodgers.
Management hasn't made public the reason for closing yet. More on the story as it develops.