Helping Support Metro/smartbar/GMan Tavern Staff

As our world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro, smartbar and GMan Tavern have made the difficult decision of closing our doors for the indefinite future. While our community continues to navigate these unprecedented times, we share in the concern for our neighbors, friends and family whose livelihoods depend on the entertainment, service and hospitality industry. 

In working to find helpful and creative ways to support our community, we have created a GoFundMe page for our staff, who depend on the gathering of our Chicago community in order to provide for themselves and their families. 

If you are able to support in any way, you can do so here. 100% of net proceeds will benefit Metro, smartbar and Gman Tavern staff. 

We look forward to the day we can reopen our doors and again share in the revelry and goodness that live music brings. Until then, we will continue to work together to keep our community strong, safe and supported. 

Be kind, be creative. We’re in this together.



UPDATE: In light of your inspiring generosity throughout the past few days and in order to augment our efforts to support our incredible staff, we’re offering some special items as a thank you for your donation and continued support.

In order to claim your gift, please FORWARD your GoFundMe donation confirmation email (which will be sent from GoFundMe upon completion of your donation) to [email redacted]. **Include the incentive of your choice in the body of your email.** We will contact you via email as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience while we work to fulfill your requests and get back to the music!

If you were one of the lovely souls who donated prior to the publishing of these incentives and qualify for one, we haven’t forgotten about you! Please follow the instructions outlined above to claim your gift, as well.

Incentives include…

$10+: A huge thank you from the Metro/smartbar/Gman Tavern team, plus your name included on a special donor recognition poster, to be displayed in Metro.

$25 - $40: A Metro/smartbar/Gman Tavern Accessory Pack (stickers, pins, buttons and more!)

$50: One ticket to an upcoming Metro, smartbar or GMan Tavern event.

$50: A limited edition ‘thank you!’ risograph poster, custom designed, signed, and numbered by our Art Director (and Chicago Poster Designer of the Year!), Clare Byrne.

$75: Beer Dinner for Two! Tom, the General Manager & Brew Connoisseur of GMan Tavern, will provide a four course beer tasting menu from our taps, accompanied by the finest selection of bites from Wrigleysville Dogs.

$100: Cut the line for all smartbar events throughout 2020.

$150: One ticket to an upcoming Metro, smartbar, or Gman Tavern show, two drink tickets, a tote bag, accessory pack and a tee shirt of your choosing.

$250: Tickets and a reserved booth for you and (3) friends in smartbar for an event of your choosing through November 30th, 2020.

$300: Metro Marquee! We’ll put your name up in lights on our world famous Metro marquee with a thank you message and a pic for the gram.

$400: Party at the GMan! Curate your own private event in the back bar of GMan Tavern––the stage is yours to use! You bring your crew, we’ll provide the bartender and sound engineer (if needed).

$500: A Night on the Town! Two tickets to an upcoming concert, a VIP table at the show, plus a complimentary meal at either Big Star Wrigleyville or Uncommon Ground beforehand AND a $50 GMan Tavern tab for afterward.

$500: Your Choice of an Autographed Screen Print from the Vault!

$750: Metro Chef’s Table! A table for two in the Metro Sound Booth (best seat in the house!) for the show of your choice. Includes (4) drink tickets.

$1000: The Full “Band Experience” Package! Includes (4) tickets, early entry for soundcheck, a private tour of the venue before the show, and a reserved VIP table for the performance. If your chosen show is Thu-Sun (smartbar’s days of operation), we’ll also reserve the smartbar VIP booth for you and your three friends afterwards!

**All incentives are subject to availability. We appreciate your support during this time!

Donations (1.3K)

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    • $20 
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    • $20 
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    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
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    • $400 
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