By Laura Herbert and Thomas Peters

When Chicago shut down in March 2020, the staff at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn thought they would use the time to deep clean.

“Looking back, I was probably in denial,” said Adriana Rose, then an employee of Fitzgerald’s and now manager of Golden Dagger (formerly Tonic Room) in Chicago. “Our talent buyer, Donnie Biggins, was in the process of rescheduling shows. We were saying our St. Patrick’s Day celebration was just postponed.”

Jake Schiveria, accounting manager of Lincoln Hall and its sister venue Schubas, was similarly optimistic.

“At first, everybody thought it would…

Thomas Peters

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