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Venue Wed Aug 15 2012

The Future of Cal's Bar is Uncertain

Cal's LiquorsA bombshell dropped in an offhand comment from one of the organizers of the Neutron Bomb reading series: Cal's Bar is in danger of closing later this year.

"I can't say yes, and I can't say no," said co-owner Cal Feirstein. He said that the building at 400 S. Wells St. is under contract to be sold by the bank that has owned the property since the 1980s, and the future of the bar won't be known until the new owner takes control. "There's nothing for sure," co-owner Fred Feirstein said. "So for now it's the status quo."

The South Loop bar and liquor store has long been a favorite of the punk scene as well as the city's bike messengers. Cal's has served as an important stage for punk and experimental music, making space for bands that are just starting out or not able to find a venue elsewhere. Gapers Block's The Grid documentary series visited Cal's in 2011.

Congress Conducts El at Cal's from The Grid on Vimeo.

Photo by Jasmine Davila

drcastrato / August 21, 2012 8:50 AM

Great dive bar. They've let my bands play there several times over the years. Always a good time. Hope they stick around.

dAn / August 22, 2012 12:21 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Cal's is a piece of shit full of shitty people. So long suckers

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Pulling Strings: For Classical Music in Chicago, You Got a Guy - April 2014

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