Lake Effect Brewing Will Take Over Old Avondale Auto Repair Shop After Firehouse Deal Unravels

Lake Effect Brewing Will Take Over Old Avondale Auto Repair Shop After Firehouse Deal Unravels

AVONDALE — Lake Effect Brewing has a new locale that is prepared for development: a one-story creating in Avondale that utilised to be an auto maintenance shop.

The new place is at 3076 N. Milwaukee Ave., and it has home for the brewery’s beer productions, an indoor taproom and a beer back garden in the again, said proprietor Clint Bautz.

The Avondale area is a modify of plans for the brewery last month, the Lake Effect team announced they experienced backed out of designs to transfer into a historical Jefferson Park firehouse because the venture was remaining slowed down there.

“The [Avondale] developing has fantastic bones, and it is likely to will need some function in there … but it has the suitable zoning and it has a great deal of potential,” Bautz claimed.

The corner making used to be household to automobile repair service store GMG Volkswagen, which closed this calendar year soon after working due to the fact 2002, according to organization license documents.

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The back again place at 3076 N. Milwaukee Ave. will be turned into an outside beer garden for Lake Effect Brewing, as viewed Aug. 12, 2022.

The making is subsequent to a garments keep, a motorbike elements retail outlet, a tattoo shop and residences.

Lake Outcome Brewing’s crew hopes to incorporate much more bustle to the Milwaukee Avenue strip — which utilized to be a thoroughfare for Chicago’s Polish neighborhood. Its staff is thrilled for the business’s initially taproom.

Bautz desires the brewery to insert to the area’s range, and he hopes to “clean up the corner” and carry in refreshing strength, he reported. The previous automobile shop is on a regular basis defaced with graffiti, and trash frequently is strewn alongside the sidewalk and bus end in front of the building’s main door.

“There is so considerably going on there,” Bautz claimed. “There’s Avondale Bowl, Sleeping Village, parks. … With any luck ,, we can be a superior addition.”

The Avondale extend has witnessed considerably less activity in new a long time, with longtime Polish firms closing and a slew of empty storefronts using up Milwaukee Avenue.

But the strip could be turning a corner as far more developments pop up and enterprises move in.

Near Lake Effect’s new area, an apartment complicated is less than design, having above the previous Polish Crimson Apple buffet. A couple blocks north, strategies for the redevelopment of the Belmont Triangle are underway.

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Milwaukee and Hamlin avenues in Avondale as seen Aug. 12, 2022.

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Lake Impact Brewing’s lease began in July, and the enterprise has moved some products into the spot, Bautz stated. He plans to have its production up and functioning by the finish of the yr, even though he aims to have the taproom open up by future spring.

“The taproom takes a little lengthier than the factory side. … With any luck ,, there are no main gaps in time,” Bautz said.

Lovers can nonetheless buy Lake Impact brews at its Old Irving Park location until eventually December. It is open up 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturdays at 4727 W. Montrose Ave.

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