Goofs and Mooks

Every night a person or group of people are refused entry and turned away from popular night spots in Chicago.  They are turned away for various reasons- inappropriate dress being the biggest.  Other reasons- one or more of the group are intoxicated, they are unruly,, the club is crowded to its maximum capacity, or the insulted the bouncer.  Usually the stories that make the media involve minorities.  This one is no different.

This past Monday a large group of people were turned away from a popular nightspot- Angel and Kings.  The large group of people were members of one of the most well known and fearsome organizations in the city- the Chicago Bears.  The group included Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs- not exactly unknown personalities.

Every year the veteran Bears players take the rookies out to dinner.  This year was no different.  After dinner the entourage descended upon Angels and Kings.  The bouncers refused them entry.  The Bears were not intoxicated, unruly, or dressed improperly.  No reason was given for refusing them entry.  Prior arrangements were made with the head bartender for this event, so management on duty should have known a group of local celebrities would be spending considerable money that night.

  • One would think that if a group of well dressed people- including guys the size of walk in coolers- the bouncers would realize these are not normal patrons, especially if some of these people pulled up in limos.  
  • One would also think that if they identified themselves as members of the Chicago Bears, the bouncers’ pea brains would kick in and at least call management to check things out. Especially since Urlacher and Briggs faces are well known. 
  • One would think that on a slow Monday night, a group of guys with big bucks to spend would be good for business.  
  • One would also think that having a group of Chicago Bears at your establishment would be good for publicity, or something. 

Being Chicago, one would think wrong.  The City of Big Shoulders is not always the city of big brains.

The excuse given- on Monday nights the club is turned over to a private vendor who stages special events.  That vendor was terminated for this incident.   Proper apologies will be tendered.  Management is still investigating.

One of the owners of Angel and Kings is Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy who is married to noted singer Ashlee Simpson.  Maybe the name of the bar should be changed.  Something catchy is called for.  How about Goofs and Mooks?



About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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