In Fall 2020, the great folks at Barstool Sports trolled us for being denied our permit for TBOX2020. Those guys are super-successful and influential, funny, and always have great content – we admire them!! And in this case, basically, as a company, we can’t predict the future, and we did our duty of putting in for a permit, in case the event COULD go forward in 2020, but Chicago denied it. I (Christopher Festa, Owner) had to let our loyal fans and partners in the Wrigleyville Bars and Communities know, and I called Eater Chicago, NBC, and a few other outlets, and it got picked up.
It was very sad for us – because we’d been having TBOX the second Saturday of December EVERY YEAR since 1996…. and, Mr. Festa always said, IT WOULD TAKE THE END OF THE WORLD TO STOP TBOX. And, um, well, that kinda almost happened. So, for the first time since 1995, there was no TBOX in Chicago.
The next day or so, we saw this Instagram Post from Barstool Chicago saying, A FOR EFFORT – and I gotta admit, it’s pretty funny. While they were probably trying to make us maybe look a little irresponsible or haphazard, we were simply reporting some sad, factual information. But I guess in away, maybe, we looked a little badass too.
Anyway, if you read this, thanks Barstool Chicago, hope you can come to the rescheduled TBOX2021 on December 11, 2021!!!