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Emil’s closes; owner blames Wacker construction

The bar area of Emil's Bar and Grille, which is now closed. (Photo via Emil's website)

Emil’s Bar and Grille, a longtime fixture on Wacker Drive for business lunches and pre-opera dinners, closed last week, a victim of the massive reconstruction of the aging street, according to its owner.

John Boutzarelos blamed the construction for reducing Emil’s business 30 percent to 40 percent since the project started in January. He said the white-tablecloth restaurant started to lose money. Get the full story »