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Goose Island Clybourn to get a fancy new renovation

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Photograph: Jabari Zuberi Goose Island

Get ready to say goodbye to the Goose Island Clybourn we know. The Chicago Tribune reported today that Goose Island Clybourn will dip into the deep pockets of current owners AB InBev for a renovation. On Sunday evening, the bar will close for five months of construction.

One of the city’s earliest brewpubs, the original Goose Island hasn't been renovated (save for the front spaces, primarily used for events) since its opening in 1988, and it'll lose a few of its well-known features (the top of the bar, the loft above the bar) in the process. The space will get new brewing tanks, an open kitchen and a new menu to boot. As for me, I'll be heading over to the bar to say goodbye to the big old wooden mahogany bar at which I've spent many an evening grabbing a beer and chatting with friends before the renovations get underway.

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