Chicago Cites Unlicensed Club, 11 Restaurants, Bars for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

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City inspectors cited an unlicensed club in Little Village, a downtown hotel and 11 restaurants and bars for violating the state-ordered restrictions designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, officials said.

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City officials shut down a 68-person gathering at 2881 W. Cermak Road, after revelers paid a cover charge to get into an unlicensed club, according to a statement from the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

In addition, the city shut down the Firewater Saloon at 3908 W. 111th St., in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood for allowing indoor drinking and holding an indoor gathering with 99 attendees.

The Firewater Saloon will remain closed until operators submit and city officials approve a safety plan, officials said.

Investigators conducted 107 investigations from Thursday through Sunday.

The other businesses cited for allowing indoor dining and drinking were:

—Barraco's Pizza, 2105-21 W. 95th St., for allowing indoor dining

—Cafe Istanbul, 2014 W. Division St., for allowing indoor dining

—Canton Regio, 1510 W. 18th St., for allowing indoor dining

—Chicago-Bridgeport VFW, 3200 S. May St., for allowing indoor drinking

—Dee's Candyland, 648 E. 75th St., for allowing indoor dining and drinking

—Estrella Blanca Night Club, 3049 N. Cicero Ave., for allowing indoor drinking

—Eurostars Hotel, 660 N. State St., for failing to comply with social distancing requirements

—Hookah Time & Habano Cigar, 6416 N. Lehigh Ave., for allowing indoor smoking

—King Crab House, 1816 N. Halsted St., for allowing indoor dining

—McGee's Jukebox, 7000 S. Halsted St., for allowing indoor dining and drinking

—Mitchell's Tap, 3356 S. Halsted St., for allowing indoor dining and drinking

Since March, city inspectors have conducted more than 8,000 investigations and cited 416 businesses for violating COVID-19 regulations, officials said.

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