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The Metro closes, seeks support for staff

At the order of our governor, all restaurants and bars are being shuttered to help slow the spread of COVID-19 statewide.  You can still support some of our local restaurants by ordering food for pick-up or delivery, but an uncertain future lies ahead for us, including all staff at these shuttered places.  The Metro is seeking help for it’s amazing staff who depend on entertainment, service and hospitality to pay their bills.

As our world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro, smartbar and GMan Tavern have made the difficult decision of closing our doors for the indefinite future. While our community continues to navigate these unprecedented times, we share in the concern for our neighbors, friends and family whose livelihoods depend on the entertainment, service and hospitality industry.

In working to find helpful and creative ways to support our community, we have created a GoFundMe page for our staff, who depend on the gathering of our Chicago community in order to provide for themselves and their families.

UPDATE: Liars Club has started a fundraiser for it’s staff:

If you hear of any other fundraisers or support we can offer in the community, please reach out!  You can text in 24/7 at 312101, or email me at

UPDATES: Just got a call from Amanda that Uncle Bub’s in Westmont is donating carry-out profits to employees who cannot come in.

More from Block Club Chi:

Sleeping Village Employee Fund — Money will benefit employees of Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Hideout Virtual Tavern — Money will benefit employees of The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

Cole’s Bar Employee Relief Fund — Money will benefit employees of Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Tonic Room Tip Jar — Money will benefit employees of Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St.

Empty Bottle + Bite Café Staff Relief — Money will benefit employees of Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., and Bite Café, 1039 N. Western Ave.

Reno 911 — Money will benefit employees of Reno, 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Logan Arcade Staff Relief Fund — Money will benefit employees of Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton Ave.

<3 Lauren


(Thumbnail photo screenshot from fundraising page.)

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