80 Proof Staff Relief Fund

On March 17, 2020, 80 Proof, and every bar/restaurant in Chicago, was forced to shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for a minimum of 2 weeks.
This has caused a huge, abrupt financial hit to our 70-person staff. A large number of our staff absolutely rely on this job for their livelihood, and will have zero income these coming weeks.

80 Proof, a Four Corners bar, consists of hard working employees that truly care about making sure everyone has a good time. We have been home to many parties, events, and probably have the best happy hour ever. This is a group that really knows how to provide excellent service and celebrate every occasion. We are a close-knit group and care a lot about each other and the work that we do. Without our talented bartenders, servers, and staff at 80 Proof, Wells Street in Old Town would just not be the same.

We are asking for donations, little or small, to help our staff through this difficult time.  All proceeds will be distributed amongst front of house and back of house hourly staff members that are in need. Many have no other source of income, and have bills to pay and families to support.

We realize that there are so many bars and restaurants going through the same thing, and we are really working hard to find the resources to get through this together. Please share and spread the word. We appreciate every single donation and act of kindness coming our way and hope we can get our staff through this safely.

Donations ()

  • Peter Iorio 
    • $150 
    • 17 d
  • Zach & Alex Smith 
    • $100 
    • 18 d
  • Big Shrek 
    • $50 
    • 19 d
  • Gerrilynn Johnson 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Cory Abrahams 
    • $15 
    • 19 d
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Kelsey Carlisle 
Chicago, IL
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