Members of the Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce got a pile of good news this evening: A “major chain” is planning a brew pub near Ravenswood and Lawrence Aves., a new restaurant is preparing to open in the old Chicago Ale House location, a high-end wine and liquor store could be coming to Lawrence Ave. near the river and the planned Mariano’s Fresh Market on Lawrence Ave. could break ground within five weeks.
The business organization hosted a “State of Lincoln Square” presentation from Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) and State Rep. Greg Harris (D-13) Tuesday evening at the MB Financial bank branch at Lawrence and Western Aves. While most of the presentations focused on city and state budgetary doom and gloom–both governments are struggling to pay down billions of dollars of pension obligations–there was plenty of good news regarding business development in the Lincoln Square area.
Ald. Pawar brought the most mysterious news, as he announced that an unnamed “major chain” plans to open a brew pub near Lawrence and Ravenswood Aves. Pressed for further details after the meeting, Pawar would only say the owners are waiting to file their paperwork once the development timeline for the Mariano’s and the Lawrence Ave. streetscape are solidified.
To that end, Ald. Pawar told Tuesday’s gathering that he expects the final zoning approval for the Mariano’s location to be completed at the October 25 City Council Zoning Committee meeting and for the streetscape to breakground sometime in 2013.
Ald. Pawar was not providing further details on the Chicago Ale House, at Lawrence and Leavitt Aves., replacement either, citing that the owner is still in the process of filing city licensing paperwork.
Ald. Pat O’Connor, whose ward has been redistricted south to include Lawrence Ave. west of Western Ave., announced that his team is seeking to lift a package liquor license moratorium on Lawrence Ave. to help a group open a high-end wine and liquor store similar to Andersonville’s In Fine Spirits. In addition, O’Connor announced that the Griffin Theater Company is finally preparing to break ground on their new theater facility in the old 20th Police District building on Foster and Winchester Aves.
Ald. O’Connor, a leader of the City Council committee responsible for rezoning, also announced that the shift to new ward boundaries should begin, “in a matter of days”, as the Council Rules Committee officially informs the city Law Department that the rezoning process has been completed. As soon as the official notice has been given, the new zone map will take effect for development purposes and 311 and 911 calls.