There are no ifs, ands or buts about it: It's been a devastating year for the hospitality industry. Some of the best restaurants in Chicago have been fighting tooth and nail to survive rolling shutdowns and regulations. But without federal assistance, many have been forced to permanently close due to COVID-19 and its innumerable financial strains.
Here, we're paying tribute to some of the most notable and heartbreaking Chicago restaurant closures due to the pandemic, from lovable wine bar Income Tax and fine-dining destination Blackbird to South Loop club Tantrum. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it offers a snapshot of what the industry has come up against this year. Say farewell to some of the noteworthy restaurants and bars that won't reopen in Chicago—then, be sure to show your favorite locals spots some love by ordering takeout, purchasing a gift card or leaving a positive review. No gesture is too small as independent restaurants everywhere fight for survival.