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Wrigleyville’s The Dugout Closed Until Further Notice For Hosting Indoor New Year’s Eve Gathering

Police were investigating an unrelated call of a person who was attacked when they discovered the Wrigleyville bar was hosting an over-capacity New Year's Eve gathering.

The Dugout Bar, 950 W. Addison St.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — The Dugout Bar in Wrigleyville was shut down by the city on New Year’s Eve for hosting a large gathering despite coronavirus capacity limits.

Officers were responding to an unrelated call of a person who was attacked about 11 p.m. in the 900 block of West Addison Street when they noticed the Dugout, 950 W. Addison St., was over capacity, police said.

Officers did not find anyone who was attacked, but they did find a weapon.

They then went to the Dugout to disperse the crowd, police said. Officers alerted the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

The city ordered the Dugout to close until further notice while the business department investigates the incident, said spokesman Isaac Reichman. The bar’s management could be cited or get a long-term closure order if the agency determines the business violated COVID-19 guidelines.

Management for the bar could not immediately be reached for comment.

Under current coronavirus restrictions, indoor bar and restaurant service is banned unless the establishment has a wall that can be partially removed by opening windows, doors or panels. The measures are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The agency investigated 21 bars, restaurants, hotels and other commercial or residential locations over the weekend, issuing notices to correct to seven establishments over “minor violations,” Reichman said.

Four notices were issued to hotels for allowing “slightly more than the maximum capacity” in guest rooms or the lobby, and a party at an auto repair shop in the 700 block of West 91st Street was given a cease and desist order before it began, Reichman said.

Overall, the business department found a “high level” of compliance during a “relatively quiet night” on New Year’s Eve, Reichman said.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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