Are the days of North Center bar Chicago Joe's numbered? A recently submitted zoning application seeks to make way for a mixed-use development where the bar currently stands at 2250 West Irving Park Road. Submitted by D+K Architects and Rolando Acosta, the proposal calls for a mixed-use building with commercial space on the first floor, followed by four floors of residential with a green roof. The proposed budget to rebuild on the 11,500 square-foot lot would be $3.8M. Currently, no tenant has signed on for the first floor. We've reached out to management at Chicago Joe's and will update you when we hear back.
Boasting seats from the original Comskey Park and the patronage of Minnie Minoso, Chicago Joe's stands out as a bastion of White Sox pride on the north side, and a laid-back spot with rolls of paper towels on the tables. Co-owner Chuck Kowalski created a fictional character, Chicago Joe, a WWII pilot, and built a memorabilia museum around the concept. Attesting to the bar's wide appeal, past patrons have supposedly included Governor Jim Thompson and Bozo the Clown.
·Previous North Center coverage [Curbed]