Cooper’s Eatery, a beacon of quality barbecue and craft beer in the no-man’s land in western Lakeview, has closed. A five-minute drive south of Wrigley Field, Cooper’s, 1327 W. Belmont Ave., featured a large patio with a retractable awning to escape the madness that ensues near Clark and Addison on Cubs’ game days. Ownership posted an announcement on its website and blamed state lawmakers for the decision.
Thank you to all of our partons over the years, Cooper's is officially closed. It's coming time to renew our lease and I see no reason to with the current economics in Illinois. Pulled pork pizza forever!!!
Cooper’s isn’t the only spot Chicagoans are wishing farewell in recent days. Read below for more shutter news.
AVONDALE— Dragon Lady Lounge, as most patrons knew it, is closed at 3188 N. Elston Ave. The vegan-friendly spot used Korean flavors but also served American classics like burgers. It was also known for its all-you-can-eat vegan buffets. First known as Stadium West in 1987, the restaurant changed its names in 2009. Check back for news on its replacement.
LAKEVIEW— Millie’s Tavern, 1817 W. Wellington Ave., has shuttered. It’s a tiny dive that’s been family owned for the last three decades. The space has supposedly housed a bar since the 1800s. Ownership shared the news via Facebook.
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE— UIC students who need a late-night snack are bummed as Taylor Made Pizza has shuttered. The pizzeria sold thin-crust and deep-dish slices. It apparently closed back in April at 1220 W. Taylor St.