Chicago bars closed Monday night, as restaurants also closed their dining rooms service for at least two weeks to try and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, as ordered by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Customers can still get delivery, carry out, and curbside service, but the decision leaves restaurant and bar staff without paychecks.
There are ways for customers to help. Some have suggested “virtual happy hours” where friends converse using video over drinks. Folks could then tip one of the several virtual tip jar — online fundraisers from the staff at their favorite bars.
Hospitality industry employees and supporters have set up the online campaigns to help bridge the fiscal gap for servers, bussers, bartenders, and other staff. In addition, a new website called Dining at a Distance provides further details on which Chicago restaurants are open for pickup and delivery during the shutdown.
Here’s a running list of fundraisers and opportunities to provide financial support for Chicago’s bar and restaurant workers.
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AROUND TOWN— Several Chicagoans are coming up with their lists of restaurants with delivery and takeout options. One of the best was compiled by public relations professional Jenn Galdes and created by Sean Lynch.
AROUND TOWN — Local culinary retail company Stock Mfg. and hospitality group Leisure Activities have teamed up on a t-shirt line to raise money for food and beverage workers affected by COVID-19-related restaurant and bar closures. It’s called Chicago Hospitality United. T-shirts go for $25 each, and customers can donate more if they wish. All proceeds will be split evenly among workers from participating venues, a growing list that includes All Together Now, Birrieria Zaragoza, Elske, Hopewell Brewing, Ludlow Liquors, Mini Mott, Mott St, Passerotto, Pacific Standard Time, Scofflaw, and Young American.
AROUND TOWN — Footman Hospitality group is raising funds for employees at Bangers & Lace, Sparrow, Kite String Cantina, Bucktown Pub, Spilt Milk, and Little Victories on GoFundMe. It aims to raise $50,000.
AROUND TOWN — Heisler Hospitality hopes to raise $50,000 on GoFundMe for staff at Bad Hunter, Estereo, Lone Wolf, Pub Royale, Queen Mary, and Revel Room. If there’s any money left when the venues reopen, owners wrote, they’ll donate it to charity.
AROUND TOWN — Management at Farmhouse Chicago, Farmhouse Evanston, Farm Bar Lakeview, and Farm Bar Edgewater, is using GoFundMe to try and raise $10,000 to help cover staff wages and health insurance.
ALBANY PARK — Recently opened cocktail bar Bokeh has a fund with a $10,000 goal.
ANDERSONVILLE — Servers at neighborhood spot A Taste of Heaven are seeking donations on GoFundMe to help make it through the restaurant’s closure. They’ve set a $10,000 goal, and funds will be distributed evenly among staff.
AVONDALE — Ownership at DMen Tap set up a GoFundMe to try and raise $4,000 to help staff cover their rent and bills. Supporters can also help out by buying a DMen Tap gift card for later use.
AVONDALE — Music venue and bar Live Wire hopes to raise $7,500 for staff during the shutdown on GoFundMe.
AVONDALE — Neighborhood bar Sleeping Village created a GoFundMe to help support employees during the closure. Ownership has set a $15,000 goal.
AVONDALE — Essential dive bar Reed’s Local is asking for help raising $3,500 for staff on GoFundMe.
AVONDALE — Late Bar, the 4 a.m. bar with a heart, has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal.
AVONDALE — The original burger and metal haven, Kuma’s Corner, has set up a fund with a $50,000 goal.
BRIDGEPORT— Alulu, the quirky South Side brewpub, has established a fund with a $5,000 goal.
BRIDGEPORT — Jackalope Coffee & Tea, one the most beloved coffeeshops in the city, has established a fund with a $10,000 goal.
BRIDGEPORT — The South Side’s Duck Inn hopes to raise $25,000 on GoFundMe to help support staff during the closure.
BRIDGEPORT — Ownership at Polish-Korean restaurant Kimski and Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar has set up a “tip jar” on GoFundMe. They aim to raise $25,000.
BUCKTOWN — Neighborhood sports bar Jack & Ginger’s is asking fans to help raise $10,000 on GoFundMe to help support its staff.
BUCKTOWN — Green Eye Lounge owners are using GoFundMe to raise $3,000 for door staff and bartenders during the closure.
BUCKTOWN — The team at Royal Grocer & Co. is asking friends and neighbors for help raising $10,000 on GoFundMe for employees during the mandated shutdown.
BUCKTOWN — Filipino restaurant Cebu aims to raise $20,000 on GoFundMe to help provide financial stability for employees.
BUCKTOWN — Classic Bucktown dive bar Lemmings has a fund with a $3,000 goal.
BUCKTOWN — Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is accepting online donations to help support staff during the closure.
BUCKTOWN — Tricycle, the neighborhood bar and restaurant that replaced Silver Cloud, has a fund with a $20,000 goal.
BUCKTOWN — Long Room, one of the city’s best beer bars, has a fund with a $5,000 goal.
EDGEWATER — Owners of Uncommon Ground are working to raise $15,000 to help staff on GoFundMe. They’ll withdraw donations weekly and divide them (after fees) among staff as soon as they are received.
GOLD COAST — Tavern on Rush, near Rush Street’s Mariano Park, has set up a fund with a $5,000 goal.
HYDE PARK — Restaurant and music venue the Promontory is asking supporters to show solidarity with employees on GoFundMe, where it aims to raise $25,000.
HUMBOLDT PARK — Neighborhood bar the Continental hopes to raise $5,000 for staff relief during the closure on GoFundMe.
IRVING PARK — Montrose Saloon owners are working to find odd jobs around the venue to help staff make up some lost income, but are also asking for community support to close the gap for workers. They are using GoFundMe to raise $25,000, which will be distributed equitably among employees.
IRVING PARK — Old Irving Brewing Co., the brewery and restaurant from Matthias Merges and company, has a fund with a $20,000 goal.
LAKEVIEW — Matilda & Baby Atlas owners aim to raise $10,000 for staff on GoFundMe, which they’ve vowed to split between employees to cover regular wages during the mandated closure.
LAKEVIEW — Essential Chicago dive Liar’s Club is asking for help to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe for staff. “No amount is too small,” owners wrote.
LAKEVIEW — Ownership at Metro, Smartbar and GMan Tavern set a $30,000 goal on GoFundMe to help staff weather the state-mandated shutters.
LAKEVIEW — Restaurant and indie music venue Beat Kitchen is working to raise $25,000 on GoFundMe for bartenders, wait staff, production crews, sound staff, kitchen workers and security employees affected by the closure.
LAKEVIEW — Beermiscous, the craft beer spot that takes a coffee shop approach to the space, has a fund with a $10,000 goal.
LAKEVIEW — Racine Plumbing has launched a “staff tip jar” on GoFundMe, aiming to raise $5,000. The team also encouraged folks to reach out if they’re having a hard time sourcing grocery items, and that they’ll help out whenever possible.
LAKEVIEW — Will’s Northwoods Inn, the bar the specializes in welcoming fans of Wisconsin sports, is trying to raise $5,000 for its workers.
LAKEVIEW— Martyr’s, the performance space and bar, has a fund with a $5,000 goal.
LINCOLN PARK/BUCKTOWN — Unconventional dive and performance spot the Hideout offers donors a chance to tip its staff during the closure on GoFundMe. The online fundraiser has a $15,000 goal.
LINCOLN PARK — Live music venue and dive Tonic Room is using GoFundMe to raise money for its staff with a goal of $15,000. Ownership wrote they plan to keep the bar closed through May 29.
LINCOLN PARK — Neighborhood sports bar and grill Lincoln Station hopes to raise $10,000 for staff on GoFundMe during the closure.
LINCOLN PARK— The Exit, the late-night bar for goth and punkers, has a fund with a $15,000 goal.
LINCOLN PARK — Delilah’s, the whiskey den where punks go before they end their nights at Exit, has a fund set up with a $20,000 goal.
LINCOLN SQUARE — The Grafton, a neighborhood favorite for families and small gatherings, has set up a fund with a $15,000 goal.
LINCOLN SQUARE — Davis Theater, when it renovated, added a bar and food service. Carbon Arc is the name of the food operation for the movie theater, and they’ve got a $25,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE — Pizza and drinking spot the Boiler Room is asking for support on GoFundMe to help staff bridge the financial gap. It’s shooting for a $25,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE — Cafe Mustache, the quirky Logan Square coffee shop, has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE — Crown Liquors, the dive bar and packaged goods store, has a fund with a $10,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE — The second location of vegan standby Chicago Diner has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE — Modern Indian spot Superkhana International is working to raise $35,000 on GoFundMe for hourly staff.
LOGAN SQUARE — Taproom Maplewood Lounge is asking for help raising $15,000 on GoFundMe for bar staff to help cover lost hours and tips during the closure.
LOGAN SQUARE — Venerable farm-to-table restaurant Lula Cafe is working to raise $50,000 on GoFundMe to help support hourly and tipped employees.
LOGAN SQUARE — Staff at drinking spot and music venue Cole’s Bar aim to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe for employees affected by the shutdown.
LOGAN SQUARE — Pinball and video game bar Logan Arcade hopes to use GoFundMe to raise $10,000 for staff and auxiliary tech, maintenance, and cleaning crews.
LOGAN SQUARE — All-day restaurant Reno is asking for support to help its staff, including bartenders, servers, bus boys, food runners, and cooks, during the closure. Supporters can donate to “Reno 911” on GoFundMe, and the goal amount is $20,000.
LOGAN SQUARE — New York-style pizza spot Dante’s hopes to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe to help cooks, bartenders, and servers mitigate the closure’s financial strain.
LOGAN SQUARE — Neighborhood bar Burlington aims to raise $5,000 on GoFundMe to help staff navigate the mandated closure.
LOGAN SQUARE — Bib Gourmand hotspot Dos Urban Cantina is asking for help raising $20,000 on GoFundMe for staff.
LOGAN SQUARE — The Native, a dive bar in Logan Square, has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal.
LOGAN SQUARE— Lonesome Rose, Land & Sea Dept.’s cantina and restaurant, has a fund for its cooks, bartenders, bussers, barbacks, dishwashers, servers and hosts. The goal’s $35,000.
LOGAN SQUARE — Vegan specialists Ground Control have set up a fund with a $15,000 goal.
THE LOOP — Downtown tavern Stocks & Blondes aims to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe that will go directly to staff.
THE LOOP — Monk’s Pub, a popular after-work bar, has set up a fund with a $15,000 goal.
THE LOOP— 2Twenty2 Tavern has been open for about two years in the Loop. They’ve established a fund with a $3,000 goal.
NORTH CENTER — O’Donovan’s, an Irish pub that’s been around for years, has set up a fund with a $5,000 goal.
OLD IRVING PARK — Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, a dive with a dance floor, has a fund with a $4,000 goal.
OLD TOWN — Barbecue rib specialist Twin Anchors is using GoFundMe to raise money for employees including bartenders, servers, and bussers during the mandated closure. Organizers hope to raise $10,000.
OLD TOWN — Second City, the legendary comedy club on Wells Street, has set up a fund for servers, hosts, bartenders, food runners, and dishwashers.
OLD TOWN/WRIGLEYVILLE — Happy Camper, the pizzeria and bar with location in Old Town and Wrigleyville, has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal. It’s unclear if the fund support only one location.
PILSEN — Skylark, one of the city’s friendliest dives, has an employee fund with a $16,000 goal.
PILSEN — Owners of Dusek’s and Thalia Hall are offering gifts in exchange for donations via GoFundMe, with prizes including shirts, VIP seating, and a private stage lighting lesson. They’re working to reach a $30,000 goal.
RAVENSWOOD/WEST LOOP/LINCOLN SQUARE — Baristas at local roastery and coffee shop mini-chain Groundswell Coffee Roasters hope to raise a total of $12,000 through a GoFundMe.
RIVER NORTH — Mom’s Place, a bar and music venue in River North, has set up a fund with a $25,000 goal.
RIVER NORTH — Staff from Italian restaurant Prosecco aim to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe to help cover lost shifts.
RIVER WEST — The Dandy Crown, the soccer-centric cocktail bar that recently opened, has a fund set up with a $15,000 goal.
ROGERS PARK— Pub 626, a bar and grill in Rogers Park, has set up a fund with a $10,000 goal.
ROSCOE VILLAGE— Dive bar the Hungry Brain is using GoFundMe to try and raise $10,000 for staff, who are also using the closure to work on behind-the-scenes projects in the space.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — Le Sud, a surprise French hit that opened in 2019, has a fund with a $50,000 goal.
ROSCOE VILLAGE — Volo Wine Bar, a neighborhood staple, has set up an employee fund fund with a $5,000 goal.
SOUTH LOOP — Rock club Reggie’s is seeking help raising $30,000 on GoFundMe for staff, urging all who’ve had a memorable night at the venue to pitch in. Reggie’s kitchen is closed during the shutdown and isn’t accepting delivery or takeout orders.
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — All-day cafe and bottle shop All Together Now is using a GoFundMe to raise “Social Distance Gratuity” for staff including cooks, servers, and dishwashers during the shutdown.
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Staff at Empty Bottle and Bite Cafe are offering special gifts in exchange for donations to its GoFundMe, including sticker packs, shirts, and — for $10,000 — free shows forever. They hope to raise a total of $30,000.
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Neighborhood soccer bar and dive Cleo’s aims to raise $10,000 using GoFundMe to support its staff.
UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — EZ Inn, the reborn dive bar along Western Avenue, has set up a relief fund with a $15,000 goal.
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE/SOUTH LOOP— Bureau Bar and Sage Room are both closed and have set up a fund for both venues with a $30,000 goal.
WEST LOOP — Bar, restaurant, and music venue Bottom Lounge launched an online tip fund on GoFundMe to assist bartenders, servers, cooks, dishwashers, security, and production staff. Owners aim to raise $10,000.
WEST LOOP— Madison Bar + Kitchen, the New American restaurant and bar, has a fund with a $5,000 goal
WEST TOWN — Watering hole High Dive is asking for help raising $10,000 on GoFundMe to support employees.
WEST TOWN — Live music spot Cobra Lounge set up a fund that aims to raise $25,000.
WEST LOOP — Momotaro, Boka Restaurant Group’s Japanese restaurant, has a fund for its bar workers. There’s a $10,000 goal.
WICKER PARK — Indie rock dive bar Rainbo Club has set up a fund with a $12,000 goal.
WICKER PARK — Dorian’s, the bar and restaurant with a stage for live music, has set up a fund with an $18,500 goal.
WICKER PARK — Late-night bar Flat Iron set up a fund that aims to raise $3,000 for staff who depend entirely on the venue for income.
WICKER PARK — Live music and beer spot North Bar has set up a fund for employees with a $1,000 goal.
WICKER PARK/LAKEVIEW/LOGAN SQUARE — Patrons can purchase gift cards online to support local venues from Four Entertainment Group including Easy Bar, AliveOne, Estelle’s, the Owl, and Remedy.
WRIGLEYVILLE — Longstanding spot Bernie’s Tap & Grill, located across from Wrigley Field, aims to raise $10,000 for employees on GoFundMe.
WRIGLEYVILLE— Uncommon Ground has also set up employee fund for workers at their Clark Street location with a $15,000 goal.
WRIGLEYVILLE— Yaz-Kies is waiting for some baseball. Until then, customers can support the sports bar and grill.
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