One of Chicago’s Most Noteworthy Bars Just Permanently Closed
The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago was always a popular place for celebrations for Chicagoans and visitors, but it looks like you'll have to find somewhere else to party now, the Room is closed.
There are a lot of bars in Chicago. Big ones, little ones, ones that stay open until the sun comes up, ones that only open for a few hours when there's no sunlight, and you've probably never heard of most of them. But, I bet you've heard of the Signature Room on at the 95th at the John Hancock Center.
Well, I just found out in 2018, they changed the name of the John Hancock to '875 North Michigan Avenue,' but you know we still call it the Hancock building... it's over there, near the Sears Tower...
Why did the Signature Room at the 95th Close?
NBC5 Chicago reported that the Signature Room closed on Thursday, September 28, 2023, and that a sign at the door announced its permanent closing.
The sign reads:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the permanent closing of our beloved Signature Room at the 95th effective Thursday, September 28, 2023. For 30 years, we have had the privilege and honor of serving Chicagoans and visitors from all over the world. Unfortunately, after the close of our city and restaurant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been faced with severe economic hardship and challenges have been greater than anticipated.
The restaurant and bar opened in 1993.
I have been there once, to celebrate my brother's college graduation in January 2008.
I was a few months from turning 21, so I ordered the non alcoholic martini from their martini lounge. I remember thinking it was an expensive drink... I bet those prices have changed a lot since then.