Breaking: Avec Restaurant Closed Temporarily Due To Fire

August 9, 2010

A firefighter tragically fell to his death early this morning around 1 a.m. while battling a grease chute fire that broke out at Avec, a wine bar and restaurant in the West Loop. Chris Wheatley, 31, fell 35 feet while ascending a ladder on a fire escape and was rushed to John H. Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Time Out Chicago reports that Avec was not in violation of any codes, and that the restaurant is temporarily closed so that it can recover from the effects of the fire.