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Venerable Bucktown Bar Danny's Tavern Could Close at Month's End

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Landlord wants the bar out by December but owners trying to resolve situation.

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Chicago may lose another of its best dive bars and impromptu dance parties at month's end. Owners of Danny's Tavern, the venerable 26-year-old bar in Bucktown, have been asked to vacate the property at the end of November, DNAinfo reports. But there's still hope that Danny's will remain open.

Danny's co-owner Terry Alexander, also a partner in the One Off Hospitality Group, says in a statement that he and business partner Michael Noone "are continuing to work with the landlord to find a resolution, and hope to be there for another 25 years."

A Danny's source who wants to remain anonymous says an eviction notice was served during service last week. Although staff was told it may remain open, many are pessimistic about those chances.

Danny's, a divey late-night dance party haven on Dickens Street in a space that looks and feels like someone's house, opened in 1986 under original owner Danny Cimaglio during an era that predates the Wicker Park/Bucktown hipster boom. He sold it to Alexander and Noone in 1989, who kept its anything-goes vibe going while adding DJs and some craft beer and cocktails.

Will the vibe continue past the end of the month? Stay tuned.

Danny's Tavern

1951 W Dickens Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 489-6457

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