Could a hip, happenin' fried chicken joint save the old Ohio House Motel and bring it back to its former atomic-era glory days? Neon road signs point to "We'll see about that." However, Element Collective's Leghorn Chicken has recently announced it will be opening a second location in the motel's former Ohio House Coffee Shop in early fall. The 22-seat, 800-square-foot restaurant will likely resemble Leghorn's tiny, red-awninged spot in Ukrainian Village. The mid-century modern Ohio House Motel was designed by architect Arthur Salk, who also designed the Summit Motel on Lincoln Avenue and the LaSalle Motor Lodge at LaSalle and Superior streets (yep, now the soon-to-be-gone Howard Johnson Inn). The Ohio House Motel has already survived one "imminent" demolition scare, according to its website. But with the motel's low-rise River North neighbors giving way to residential towers, it may only be a matter of time before it follows suit and makes way for a new construction.
— Megan Graham
·Leghorn Chicken to add second location [Tribune]
·Leghorn Chicken coming to Ohio House space [Crain's]