Wrigleyville Taco Bell will soon see its last day

Demolition is Thursday, then the site will become a climbing gym

Soon the Wrigleyville Taco Bell will stop serving tacos to the late-night crowd—the fast food joint’s official last day is Sunday, December 2, according to a representative. Demolition for the site was scheduled for as early as Thursday, November 1 but it looks like some people will have a little extra time with the memorable location.

As the last traces of old Wrigleyville are soon to be razed, the neighborhood’s hooligans mourned the restaurant this past Sunday in the only appropriate way: an Irish wake at Nisei Lounge.

In August 2017 it was announced that the Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison would be going down for a new development, just like the McDonald’s did for Hotel Zachary. Then a few months later developers released plans that showed the site will become a climbing gym, Planet Granite. The real estate was sold to West Addison Development in July 2017 for $8.9 million, according to Crain’s.

In just a very short amount of time, Wrigleyville has transformed from a beloved but rough around the edges neighborhood into a blur of shiny, new, generic development. The climbing gym, housed in three-story glassy modular building, will join other recently opened projects such as Wrigley Field’s town square Gallagher Way (formerly the Park at Wrigley), Hotel Zachary and its handful of restaurants, The Wheelhouse boutique hotel, Addison & Clark retail and apartments, and more.

Don’t worry too much, after a year of searching Taco Bell found a replacement location and opened up shop at 920 W. Belmont Avenue, according to Eater Chicago. Some think the new store is too far from Wrigley Field to have the same late-night magic but only time will tell.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that that the Wrigleyville Taco Bell’s last day would be Thursday, November 1. The store’s official last day is Sunday, December 2.

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