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Goose Island Wrigleyville Is Returning

In Beer News by Karl

Goose Island Wrigleyville is coming back for the 2015 baseball season. 

goose island wrigleyville logoOn a tip, we spotted this Craigslist ad looking for new staff at Goose Island Wrigleyville. You’ll recall that in late September last year, the longtime Wrigleyville brewpub closed up shop citing an issue with the landlord and the minimal revenue outside baseball season.

We reached out to Goose Island for confirmation and comment, and today, we received a statement:

Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub will reopen Sunday, April 5th, 2015 for the start of the Chicago Cubs baseball season. Goose Island’s landlord, Midway Holdings, contacted brewpub owner John Hall about two weeks ago and offered a lease for the 2015 baseball season.  We are excited to be back and a part of one more baseball season in Wrigleyville!

It was a quick turnaround for Hall from there as the brewpub’s liquor licenses with the city expired in February. All three licenses were approved on March 4th and issued on March 5th.

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Back in September, this is what the Trib reported about the closing:

Company founder John Hall said he has been operating with a month-to-month lease with the owner of the building, Midway Holdings, since February. With the Cubs season finished yesterday, Hall said, he wanted a guarantee of being able to stay in the space at 3535 N. Clark St. through the 2015 baseball season. He said he was offered no more than a 60-day lease.

Without assurance of staying through the 2015 baseball season, he said, he is forced to close the brewpub which loses money during the off season.

Looks like that assurance was reached.

We’ve also confirmed that brewing will return to the space “after we get the brewery in proper condition,” according to Hall’s statement.

Good news, Cubs fans. Good news, beer fans. Goose Wrigley is back.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Draft Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, comes out in early 2017, and if you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.