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Dead Shoe?

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 21, 2007 3:40PM

2007_02_horseshoe.gifThe Horseshoe (4115 N. Lincoln) always kept its main windows by the stage obscured, so when we were walking by on our way to brunch we thought to ourselves that they must not be open on Saturday mornings, only Sundays, and we didn’t really give it another thought. We loved the Bluegrass Brunch — a brunch for those of us not into Gospel, but it’s right back to praising the Lord with our eggs because the Horseshoe seems to be no more.

We came across this posting on MetBlogs and decided that since the bar is less than a block away, we’d go over and drink some cheap beer to see what we could find out. We walked up to the door, pulled on it, but were only able to peer in at the piles of New Citys and Readers in the vestibule since the bar was all locked up with no one in sight. Posters announcing upcoming bands were still behind the chicken wire. It looked like someone just locked the doors and never came back. No postings from the City for health food or liquor violations, just the darkened room.

We always felt like we had entered a Texas roadhouse when walking into the Horseshoe. We weren’t so happy with the service and the clientele who weren’t always into the music gracing the stage, but we’re shedding a few tears for the place where Chicago’s country sound had a place to be heard.