Jun 11, 2024 - News

River North's Underground and Hub 51 top closings

Photo of a man performing on a stage at a nightclub

Busta Rhymes and Billy Dec at a party at The Underground in 2009. Photo: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

Chicago has seen many businesses shutter so far this year, as labor and other costs remain high and consumer habits change.

Why it matters: Many of these spots carry memories and meaning for our communities, while providing jobs.

Here are some of the closings announced in May and June:

No longer Underground: Billy Dec's nightclub was the premier spot for after-hours dancing and cocktails when it opened in 2007. But Dec moved to Nashville and has opened a new club there, leaving behind this River North spot. It will become a private event space.

R.I.P. chicken nachos: Another River North staple, Hub 51, is closing. The Lettuce Entertain You upscale bar and restaurant lasted 16 years on Hubbard Street. It was one of the first restaurants helmed by the Melman sons, following in their father Rich Melman's footsteps. Hub 51 will make way for two new concepts from the giant restaurant group.

Gone before it even began: Lakeview neighbors banded together to stop a controversial male strip club from taking over the Berlin space on Belmont Avenue. Instead, an LGBTQ+ cocktail bar may take the space.

Other restaurant closings included Sam & Gertie's in Uptown, Lagunitas Taproom in North Lawndale and Jeni's Ice Cream in the Foxtrot building on Armitage in Lincoln Park.

Go deeper: Here is a complete list of closings in 2024.

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