UPDATE // August 20, 2020

Hi, friends––we hope you’ve been healthy, kind, and creative.

While not much has changed in the way of reopening, there has been much action surrounding the fight to provide federal relief to #SaveOurStages.

The Chicago Independent Venue League and National Independent Venue Association have joined forces to persuade members of Congress to introduce a number of bills (RESTART, SOS, ENCORES Acts) aimed at ensuring our independent businesses, along with thousands of others nationwide, survive the state-mandated closures they’ve been subjected to, which remain in effect until we reach Phase 5 of the IL Reopening Plan.

How can you support the mission? Glad you asked! We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers to include our industry in relief negotiations. Reach out to yours at as often as possible to remind them that support without action is meaningless.

We miss you. We love you. We can’t wait to be together again.

––Your Friends at Metro, smartbar, and GMan Tavern

UPDATE // June 23, 2020

Hey y’all! While we appreciate your love and support, we wanted to go on record and inform you that Metro/smartbar/GMan Tavern are not permanently closed. We look forward to reopening when it is deemed safe to do so.

In the meantime, please visit to learn how you can help ensure that happens. ❤️

March 17, 2020

To our neighbors, fans, and family,

As our world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro, smartbar, and GMan Tavern have made the difficult decision of temporarily closing our doors. While navigating these unprecedented times, we share in the concern for our community, whose livelihoods depend on the entertainment, service, and hospitality industries.

In working to find ways to support these folks, we have created a GoFundMe page for our staff, who depend on the gathering of music lovers near and far in order to provide for themselves and their families.

If you are able to contribute, you can do so here. 100% of net proceeds will benefit Metro, smartbar and GMan Tavern staff.

Other options to support our small business can be found here.

We eagerly await the day we can reopen our doors and again share in the revelry and goodness that live music brings. Until then, we will continue to work together to keep our community strong, safe, and supported.

Be kind, be creative. We’re in this together.

––Your Friends at Metro, smartbar, and GMan Tavern

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