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Eight Chicago-Area Restaurant Closures to Know

A running log of which Chicago restaurants and bars that are closed

A sign illustration overlaying a restuarant image reads Sorry We’re Closed.
A running log of Chicago-area closures.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

As winter arrives in Chicago, restaurants and bars are preparing for the New Year with an additional splash of uncertainty as the country continues to deal with COVID-19.

Below, Eater is cataloging both temporary and permanent restaurant closures in Chicago. If you know of a restaurant, bar, or other food establishment that has closed since the start of the pandemic, please email We will continue to update this post.

For the summer and early fall’s closures, go here.

Andersonville: Bird Cage, the LGBTQ-friendly restaurant and nightclub, has closed after a year at 5310 N. Clark Street. Block Club Chicago first reported the story. Owner Martin Cournane (Wilde. Lady Gregory’s) had previously operated a Mexican restaurant, Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, in the space.

Avondale: An Instagram post from ownership announced that Kiosk Balkan Street Food, 3517 N. Spaulding Avenue, is “closed for the foreseeable future” due to a death in the family. The restaurant opened in April.

Jefferson Park: El Sabor la Michoacanita, 4442 N. Milwaukee Avenue, is closing on Sunday, December 19, after two years. Block Club Chicago has details.

Lincoln Square: After 45 years in Lincoln Square, Rosded Thai (2308 W. Leland Avenue), has closed, according to Block Club Chicago. Rosded was part of a large Thai community in the area — one that explains why restaurants like Spoon, Rainbow, and Thai Room are clustered in the neighborhood.

Magnificent Mile: Bandera, a popular Michigan Avenue restaurant, has remained closed since March 2020. There’s no official confirmation, but signs point toward this being permanent. There’s a property listing for the space at 535-541 N. Michigan Avenue.

Wicker Park: Michigan State University favorite Conrad’s Grill, where the speciality was late-night wraps filled with tater tots, closed in November at 1422 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 1,600-square-foot space with basement is on the market, according to broker Michael Weber.

South Deering: Taco Mex, 10658 S. Torrence Avenue, is closed, according to food writer Titus Riscutti.

Wheeling: Tuscany, Phil Stefani’s Italian restaurant chain, will close its suburban Wheeling location on January 2, according to the Daily Herald. This ends a 22-year run.


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Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

5310 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 293-1223 Visit Website


1132 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 624-8363 Visit Website

Kiosk Balkan Street Food

3517 North Spaulding Avenue, , IL 60618 Visit Website