The future of Spybar, a longtime River North late-night haunt, is in question after the nightclub abruptly closed on February 23. Management also rescheduled a few events to other venues while speculation has built over the status of the bar’s liquor license. A report in Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown claimed Spybar was operating without a state liquor license.
CWB reported that the city shut Spybar down after discovering its lack of a state liquor license and citing it. Spybar’s management hasn’t commented publicly about the shutter, but in a Facebook post, they claimed they’d be back in business on Thursday.
The club has been around for 23 years in River North, cementing itself as a popular destination for late-night partiers and bar industry members who want a drink and some time on the dance floor after 2 a.m. House and electronic music fans on the club circuit hold Spybar as an institution.
Part of the confusion could be due to the bar’s address, as it shares one with Concrete Cowboy, the bar/restaurant that neighbors Spybar to the north at 646 N. Franklin Street. While the state’s liquor control commission has no online record of an active license for Spybar, it does have one for Concrete Cowboy, the Texas barstaurant chain that arrived in Chicago in March 2017.
An email to a city of Chicago spokesperson wasn’t immediately returned. Come back for any updates.