In a dining scene as active as Chicago’s, the constant flurry of openings and the buzz surrounding major restaurants can obscure the other side of the industry: for every opening, there’s a closing. It’s the circle of life, Simba. These are the 20 most memorable goodbyes we had to say in 2015.
Blokes & Birds
Ah, Wrigleyville. If there’s one neighborhood where you’re likely to see a grown man lick bourbon off a hardwood floor, this is it. Yet, for more than four years, Blokes & Birds was an inviting spot for those who wanted to escape the occasional madness that the neighborhood stirred up, all while offering some solid ears. At least the super-fun Lowcountry has since moved into the space.
When Ozzie Guillen was still the manager of the White Sox, he also appeared all over town in Brazzaz ads. Quite frankly, the pairing was a match made in heaven. Who better to promote a restaurant that serves endless portions of grilled meats than a man who can jam 37 obscenities into a single sentence? The contemporaneousness of excess was a wonder to behold.