Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Jose Lopez, Entrepreneur and Founder of BadaBing Wings, Has Passed Away At Age 42

We were shocked and saddened to learn that the exuberant, ambitious owner and founder of BadaBing Wings, Jose Lopez, passed away suddenly last month, at the age of 42.

Mr. Lopez, who opened the popular restaurant located at 4754 North Clark in January 2022, never knew a stranger and had just opened a second location in Blue Island.

If you went to BadaBing Wings and encountered him, you knew he loved to talk and entertain, and you'd leave with a delicious meal, as well as great memories of chatting, laughing, and listening to his stories.

It's not going to be the same without him, and we hope the restaurant continues its success with someone new at the helm.

If you'd like to support BadaBing during this undoubtedly trying time, we're sure they'd appreciate it. The hours are 3pm-9pm Tuesdays through Thursdays; 3pm-10pm Fridays, 1pm-10pm Saturdays; 1pm-9pm Sundays; and closed Mondays.

In an interview with Block Club Chicago in 2022, Mr. Lopez said, "I just want to make great food and be a part of the community." We think he exceeded expectations on both parts of his goals.

Our condolences to those who knew and loved him.


  1. This is really sad 😔 I hope that whoever takes over his business hopefully a family member that he loved and believes would be a great fit continue his dream

    1. Well said. I do hope his legacy continues

  2. Om.g I always saw him on tiktok and I said imma go there and I def would of connected with him b I love to talk to myself and then I would of told him I saw u on tikt Tok wow

  3. Sad to hear. While the restaurant is wildly overpriced, it's never good to lose a friendly local business.