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Trulucks Chicago Restaurant Denies Artist Theaster Gates Service Due To Dress Code

Trulucks Chicago Restaurant Denies Artist Theaster Gates Service Due To Dress Code

It baffles me that restaurants, especially in this here 2021, post pandemic, are still acting like they’re operating in 1980. Imagine, athleisure easily one of the top selling fashion categories and lots of brands even the upscale ones are catering to consumers that are not restricted by suit, ties and shell toe shoes and a restaurant will still turn down a guest due to a an archaic dress code, like really?!  Apparently its still happening and it just so happened to one Internationally renowned artist by the name of Theaster Gates. Gates must’ve had a hankering for some delicious seafood and decided to pop into Gold Coast area Truluck’s restaurant for a lil grub and BOOM! he was denied service even after, per his instagram post, speaking with a manager. The offense? He was wearing a hoodie and sweatpants and thus was not able to enjoy Trulucks: Oceans finest seafood and crab. Gates shared the experience with his 82,000 Instagram followers and it’s received comments/responses from friends like Ava Duvernay, A.

Not that Theaster Gates an artist, educator, urban planner, philanthropist, really needs to pull the do you know who I am card but if we’re talking about him lets: He recently concluded an exhibition “How to Sell Hardware” at GRAY gallery’s West Loop location; it was recently announced he’s leading a $4.5 million revitalization of Kenwood garden in Chicago; along with Ava Duvernay Gates co-chaired Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council; he’s a professor at the University of Chicago; 2015 winner of the Artes Mundi 6 prize and so much more.

In scrolling through Trulucks social media, I found a few posts of pasts guests at the restaurant with guests in outfits definitely not in line with their supposed dress code which requires “proper attire” whatever that means. I am not in anyway insinuating this is a racial thing but it is curious the items they list:

We do not allow:

  • Beachwear
  • Gym attire including sweatpants, sweatshirts or hoodies
  • Athletic apparel
  • Jerseys
  • Beanies, bandanas and ball caps are prohibited for all
  • No hats of any kind, tank tops, or sleeveless shirts are allowed for gentlemen
  • Excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments and oversized, baggy clothing are not allowed
  • Clothing emitting offensive odors is not permitted to be worn anywhere on the property

Management reserves the right to refuse service to patrons who are inappropriately dressed regardless of their reservation status.


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It seems Truclucks needs to reset their “dress code” to reflect the current climate of things. Have you ever been denied service due to what you were wearing?

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