It is a sad day for Chicago, as the legendary “Wild Hare” reggae nightclub closes. Located in the historic Wrigleyville neighborhood, the popular club which opened back in 1986, will close on May 15. The current owner, musician Zeleke Gessesse has decided to leave Chicago, for greater opportunities in his native Ethiopia. He plans to keep his legacy alive in his native country, by opening another club.
The club was known as “the place to go for reggae” in Chicago for many years, where I have great memories of listening to incredible reggae music and dancing the night away. On Monday Gessess said, “We will have a jamboree from May 1-15,” . “Glen Washington is in the pipeline and I’m trying to reach Ziggy Marley to come in.”
This is a true loss for our spectacular city, and the “Wild Hare” will be greatly missed. Thanks for the memories, Zeleke. Good luck to you!