Diners flock to Tavern on Rush as its new closing date approaches.

This is the final weekend that a popular Chicago restaurant will be open.

The final weekend of Tavern on Rush featured packed outdoor seating as guests enjoyed food, drinks, and good vibes at the restaurant, which is now closing for good on Wednesday. Customers say they were disappointed to learn that the end was approaching much sooner than expected.

“We thought we’d have until the end of the year, and everyone was planning to come for one last hurrah during the holiday season,” said Aldo Bottalla, a longtime customer.

Kathy Stubblefield and Cheryl Scott were two Tavern on Rush regulars.

“You know, we’ll have our wine, our sliders, and just catch up,” Scott explained. “It’s just for fun.” We have a lot of fun with it, and it’s a shame it’s going away.”

Owner Phil Stefani announced earlier this year that the popular restaurant would be closing after more than two decades at the corner of Rush and Bellevue because the building’s landlord did not renew their lease.

The restaurant was verbally agreed to stay open until the end of the year, but due to contractual issues, it will close on October 26.

“I want to thank all of those loyal 25-year customers, as well as my staff, who is truly the backbone of Tavern on Rush,” Stefani said. “It’s not the building, it’s the people.”

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