Margaritaville Coming to Chicago’s Navy Pier

posted October 20th, 2010 at 11:13 am

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by Josh Martin

Margaritaville is coming to the Windy City. Jimmy Buffett will open a Margaritaville Cafe at the famed Navy Pier in downtown Chicago after beating out 10 other bidders:

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates the pier, approved the lease Wednesday morning.

“So, we’ll have the Caribbean in February on Navy Pier,” said David Mosena, board chairman. The authority is hoping the restaurant and entertainment venue will serve as an attendance magnet year-round.

Buffett, in a prepared statement, expressed his excitement for the new venue, targeted to open next spring.

“From my earliest days in the city, playing the Quiet Knight on Belmont, to the pinnacle of live performances to me, singing in front of the ivy wall at Wrigley Field, I have had a long and wonderful history and affection for the people, the music, the art and the food of the Windy City. I have always thought of Chicago as a beach town, a pretty big one, but still a beach town.”

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Read more about Jimmy’s Margaritaville Cafe empire here.

Update – The restaurant is expected to open next Spring in the space currently occupied by Charlie’s Ale House.


Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

  • DO

    This is awesome! I want to be bartender!!!!

  • Chris Zagotta

    Awesome!
    I will be counting the days until it opens.

  • Kathy

    This is awesome :) I would love to be a bartender when MARGARITAVILLE opens here in YORK, PA!

  • http://BUFFETWORLD cathy misner

    WELCOME TO CHICAGO JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CALL ME WHEN YOU GET INTO TOWN.

  • Nick in CA

    Hey Jimbo…maybe have one in a real coastal / beach town or state, like California? Either San Francisco, Santa Monica or Orange County. We have to wait for fall to freeze in your shows, why not indulge us in the mean time?

  • Nick in CA

    Hey Jimbo…maybe have one in a real coastal / beach town or state, like California? Either San Francisco, Santa Monica or Orange County. We have to wait for fall to freeze in your shows, why not indulge us in the mean time?

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