WOODLAWN — South Loop rock club Reggies was able to meet its goal of opening at the 63rd Street Beach House by Labor Day.
Reggies got its liquor license Friday and started serving the next day, said Sylvia Rosa, who was working the window Saturday afternoon.
Owner Robby Glick said the new beachfront location must close by Nov. 1. They’ll remain open consistently through September, after which “we’ll kind of spot it from there,” he said.
In October, “we’ll pick and choose weekends, Bears games and nice weather days” to open up shop, Glick said. “As long as it’s not awful out, we’ll probably have a farewell Halloween bash.”
The Chicago Park District’s beach season ended on Labor Day, so no lifeguards will be at the beach. But customers can still use the Lakefront Trail to access the spot, Glick said.
You’ll have to wait until next year to see live music, as the club was unable to secure permits to do so this year, Rosa said.
But in the meantime, food and drinks will be available for customers — as will the views at 63rd Street Beach, which Rosa described as being like an oceanfront.
“Everything is coming together,” Rosa said. “There’s a good amount of business.”
Lionel Debroek, a Parisian pilot who was staying in Chicago for a few days, said he came across the bar after biking along the Lakefront Trail. The ride was his first time seeing Lake Michigan, which he said reminded him of the sea.
The bar’s location was an example of how well Chicago uses its open space — which it has a lot more of than European cities, Debroek said.
“This is such a beautiful city, and the people have been so friendly,” he said.
Shawn Torrence and Stefanie Collins arrived in Chicago from St. Louis on Saturday. It was Collins’ first time in the city, but not Torrence’s — he’d even visited 63rd Street Beach before, back in May.
There were no signs of a bar preparing to open a few months ago, Torrence said, so he was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon it during its opening weekend.
Torrence and Collins were “absolutely” satisfied with their purchase and praised the bar’s location.
In St. Louis, “we have a riverfront, but it’s not Lake Michigan,” Torrence said. “This time of year it feels good to be out here.”
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