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Wrigleyville’s Beloved ‘Guthrie’s Tavern’ Is Permanently Closing

By Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

Guthries Tavern

A fixture of Wrigleyville for more than 30 years, the famous tavern will give its last hurrah on Thursday, July 23.

First, it was Blackbird and then Bad Hunter, now another historic Chicago enclave has fallen victim to the pandemic. Guthrie’s Tavern, announced on Monday, July 20, that it would be closing down for good due to the new retightening of COVID-19 restrictions.

Not your typical Wrigleyville sports bar, this beloved corner bar had served as a wonderful respite from the neighborhood’s sports and party scene with its pints of craft beer, relaxed ambiance and board game library. Now it is closing down for good. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Guthrie’s Tavern. With the new restrictions set today for bars and the ongoing COVID restrictions, we don’t see a way we can survive,” said owners on Facebook.

The Guthrie’s staff shared a heartfelt goodbye note via Facebook on Monday night announcing Thursday, July 23, as its closing date:

“We have loved serving you for the past 34 years. We got to meet and know so many amazing wonderful people. Amazing people who turned into regulars, who turned into close friends and it was an absolute pleasure to get to know you all. You will be greatly missed.”

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“Please come by this week for our last hurrah and to say goodbye. Our last day is Thursday, July 23rd. We will be practicing the same, safe COVID protocols.”

The tavern had opened earlier on July 8 cautiously waiting while many bars reopened its doors to the public. Now Guthrie’s fans will have to say goodbye for good to the famous tavern that boasts 34 years of history, unique ceiling decor and friendly conversations.

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[Featured image: Guthrie’s Tavern]