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City Shuts Down J.L. Lounge In Portage Park For Alleged Coronavirus Rules Violations

The bar at 3402 N. Cicero Ave. was cited for failure to ensure social distancing, failure to require face coverings and operating after midnight, the city said.

J.L. Lounge at 3402 N. Cicero Ave.
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PORTAGE PARK — City officials temporarily closed J.L. Lounge in Portage Park after it failed to follow mandated precautions to guard against the spread of coronavirus, according to city officials.

The bar at 3402 N. Cicero Ave. was cited for failure to ensure social distancing, failure to require face coverings and operating after midnight, according to the city’s office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections.

No one at the bar could be reached for comment Tuesday. 

The city is continuing to crack down on businesses that are not following safety regulations to protect employees and customers. The city’s enforcement teams conducted 93 investigations over the weekend, eight at residential locations. 

The teams found the majority of businesses are following the guidelines, but 14 citations were issued to seven businesses. Five of those businesses, including J.L. Lounge, were temporarily closed for violating COVID-19 health orders. 

The Business Affairs department has conducted 1,488 investigations into coronavirus guidelines and issued citations to 106 businesses since June 3. 

Other businesses also have been closed for violations. Cork & Kerry in Beverly was shut down July 25 for violating last call rules and because employees were not wearing face masks, according to city officials.

Wise Owl Drinkery and Cookhouse in West Loop was closed July 11 for operating over capacity, not enforcing social distancing or mask-wearing and allowing customers to mingle out of their seats, city officials said.

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