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Bucktown’s Art Of Chicken Reopening After 4-Year Closure

The family-owned grilled chicken joint reopens Thursday. A roof fire forced the restaurant to close in 2017.

Art of Chicken will reopen Thursday, June 24 at 11 a.m.
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BUCKTOWN — Art of Chicken will reopen its Bucktown location Thursday after a four-year closure, and owner Christian Moreno couldn’t be more excited. 

The gilled-chicken restaurant will reopen in its former location at 2041 N. Western Ave. and will feature a new pulled chicken sandwich and draft beers from Casa Humilde Cerveceria, as well as cocktails like old-fashioneds and palomas.

“The process for getting it up and running … it was like hell and back,” Moreno said. “So having this place almost open brings out all types of emotions. I’m anxious, nervous, excited. But above all, we’re really grateful and happy that we’re finally open.”

A roof fire shut down the restaurant in 2017, and what Moreno thought would be a closure of a few months turned into years because of complications with insurance, construction and permits. 

“Then the pandemic, and it threw our plans out the window,” Moreno said. “It was a rough four years, and we just stayed very persistent and very hopeful.”

The Art of Chicken is offering sit-down and carryout service for now, but delivery will soon return.

“We’re just hoping that we can pick up where we left off and hopefully all of our customers still remember us,” Moreno said. “We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.” 

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