Bill Murray has announced his intentions to open a new bar in Chicago, inspired by his 1980's classic movie "Caddyshack."
The comedic genius has been all over the news lately. It began when his Chicago Cubs entered the postseason and fought their way to a World Series championship. Murray attended every game and was one of the more vocals supporters in attendance. Then, he popped up at a White House Press Conference where he became the Press Secretary for a day. After having some fun interactions with President Obama, Bill was honored at The Kennedy Center for his contributions to comedy by being handed the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Now, Bill and his brothers are opening this golf-centric sports bar within the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Rosemont is located just northwest of downtown Chicago, on the way to O'hare International Airport. In 2001, the brothers opened a similar bar/restaurant in Florida called "Murray Bros. Caddy Shack," located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Their new establishment might even assume the same name.
Bill's desire to open another bar might stem from his experience bartending earlier this summer. When his son Homer opened a new restaurant called 21 Greenpoint in Brooklyn, NY, dad was on hand to poor patrons "a shot of vodka every 20 minutes." He began his shift at 8 p.m. that night and worked the bar for most of the night. The restaurant was packed with over 100 customers crowding the bar area and vying for Murray's attention.
Bill is of course from the Chicago area, where you can find a bar on nearly every corner. It's definitely a competitive market, even when you venture away from downtown like he appears to be doing.
Some great local bars he'll be up against include, Bangers & Lace (best name ever), Fountainhead, and Hopleaf. Of course, none of those places have Bill Murray representing them, or his "Caddyshack" character Carl Spackler.
Miraculously, "Caddyshack" has been out for 36 years, and it continues to get better upon each viewing. The movie shares a lot of characteristics with "Animal House," even the fact that the two were co-written by Harold Ramis. Bill Murray's role was initially planned to be a minor cameo, but it was so funny that Ramis insisted on using him for more scenes. All of his lines were improvised on the spot, including the series of epic speeches he gave throughout the film.
Next time you're in Chicago, don't bother taking a train all the way to downtown. Check out Rosemont for awhile, or at least the bar.