Chicago Cheese Shop Chain Pastoral Closing All Locations After 15 Years

Pastoral, the Chicago-born and -based collection of cheese and sandwich shops, is closing.

In a letter posted Friday on Facebook, owners Ken Miller and Greg O’Neill announced Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine shops will close in the coming days, 15 years after the first location opened in Lakeview. A separate announcement on the Facebook page of the company’s wine bar, Bar Pastoral, announced it is closing as well.

“Our dream of bringing the Windy City small production cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and other culinary creations from hard-working passionate artisans from our original snug 383 square feet in East Lakeview grew into something broader … than we ever thought possible,” the letter reads.

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