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Man Stabbed To Death By Coworker At Portage Park’s Foundation Tavern & Grille

Aside from a “large” knife, police recovered video footage of the attack and charges are pending.

The Foundation Tavern & Grille, located at 5007 W. Irving Park Road.
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PORTAGE PARK — A 35-year-old restaurant worker is dead after being stabbed multiple times by a fellow employee at a Portage Park bar and restaurant Sunday evening. 

Police received a call at about 6:50 p.m. Sunday saying a white man had been stabbed at The Foundation Tavern & Grille, 5007 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago Police spokesperson Sally Bown said.

When police arrived, a man holding a knife was standing over the victim. Police ordered him to drop the “large” knife and took him into custody, Police have not yet released the name of the suspect, but charges are expected soon, Bown said.

The victim suffered a stab wound to the right side of his neck, two to his arms, one to his thigh and numerous stab wounds his head, Bown said. He was taken by ambulance to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery upon arrival. He was pronounced dead at 8:32 p.m., Bown said.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Aside from a “large” knife, police recovered video footage of the attack. Bown said while charges have not been finalized yet, she expects them soon “as we basically caught him in the act.”

On Monday, residents living across the alley from Foundation said the restaurant and bar has been “a good neighbor.”

“It had nothing to do with gang-banging or anything like that. It was just a beef between two guys that got out of hand,” according to Jimmy, a neighbor who didn’t want to use his last name.

Bown said police have responded to 11 calls from the bar since Jan. 1, from things ranging from illegal parking to a fall where a man hit his head, but “nothing severe.”