Chris Chelios to open Mexican-themed restaurant in Chicago

Chris Chelios was officially “welcomed home” to both Chicago and the Blackhawks at the Hawks’ annual fan convention, and Chelios told the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan that he’ll be opening up a Mexican restaurant in Chicago:

Aside from his Hall of Fame hockey career with the Canadiens, Blackhawks and Red Wings, many Chicagoans remember Chris Chelios’ family restaurant on Madison Street near the United Center.

The Hall of Famer who has returned to the Hawks as a team ambassador is already tossing around ideas about opening up a restaurant now that he’s back living in his hometown.

In Dearborn, Mich., Detroit and Chicago, he operated Cheli’s Chili Bar with the help of his family. He said he’s going to switch it up this time.

“I don’t have the location, but it’s going to be Cheli’s Cantina,” he said. “I love Mexican food now.”

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