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Rogers Park Bar Hamilton’s Will Close

By Bruce Japsen’s Reporting and Writing across Platforms class

After eight decades, Hamilton’s Bar & Grill will close following weeks of rumors that Loyola University Chicago or another nearby business would buy the property in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

The news of the establishment’s closure was confirmed on the bar’s Facebook page, causing a stir on campus with hundreds of Tweets from students upset that the popular tavern, adjacent to Loyola’s Lake Shore campus on North Broadway would stop serving customers just four days before Halloween.

Loyola officials could not be reached for comment early this afternoon. Though the university as of this afternoon had not confirmed any purchase, students have been speculating that the bar would close in recent weeks.

“Until the final drink is poured, the final food item is served, we invite you … – to come reminisce, celebrate and say good bye to the institution in Rogers Park, this historic landmark of a bar, for the pst 80 years,” Hamilton’s Facebook post this morning said.

Students Tweeting Thursday were mostly upset. There were scores of Tweets under the hash tag, “RIPHammies.”

“I’m going to sit here and eat my pudding and pretend like Hamilton’s closing isn’t the most depressing thing in my life right now,” said @Erinlongname in her Twitter post this morning.

  • written by Patty Lamberti on October 11th, 2012
  • posted in Featured
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