Chicago music clubs, other arts venues getting anxious over delays in relief package

“Open the program,” said Joe Shanahan, owner of Chicago music clubs Metro and Smart Bar and a founder of the Chicago Independent Venue League, which was part of the nationwide lobbying effort that got the relief package passed into law. “The law was passed in December. January goes by. Okay, we all get that, change of (presidential) administration, I’m empathetic. But now we’re closing in on the end of February.”