Update: Now the other shoe had dropped. Just a few days after the “collar counties” were put under new COVID restrictions, Mayor Lightfoot has reinstated restrictions on Chicago businesses. No indoor dining service at taverns and taprooms without a food service license, and a 10 pm curfew on all nonessential businesses. I am hoping to keep up with changes to bar schedules as I find them. Story at Chicago Tribune.
I’m posting a little early for two reasons.
First, the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases has required the lockdown to be re-instituted in Will, DuPage, Kane and Kankakee. That means outdoor seating only, carryout howlers and crowlers where available, and earlier closing time. Full details at this link (WGN). I will keep updating with cancellations or changes. As always, call ahead, and wear your mask!
But we already have a casualty, though it’s in Chicago. Hamburger Mary, the LGBQT+ bar chain, is closing it’s Andersonville outpost. The last day of operation will be November 1, but the originally planned schedule of events will go on until then. The Facebook announcement noted that they had planned to seek a new location as their lease expired, but for now they will wait until the business environment improves. This their Andersonville Brewing operation had already been replaced with a tap room for Urban Brew Labs. The spinoff Oak Park Brewing Co. remains independently operated.
Meanwhile, the Open Bottle beer store in Tinley Park is going ahead with plans to expand to a Lockport location. The new store would be on 159th Street near I-355. Porchdrinking.com has details.
But I’m also posting early because I get to take part in the media Preview for the 2020 Bourbon County Stout release. It’s taking place Wednesday at home through Zoom. I expect to report on all 7 varieties when I;ve recovered my senses.