Last year Chicago's Half Acre Beer Company announced plans to relocate the bulk of its operations from Lincoln Square to an existing, 60,000-square-foot industrial facility in Bowmanville at 2050 W Balmoral on Chicago's north side. Half Acre, which recently nabbed some awards for its brews, anticipates that the move will allow them to increase production, install a larger office, and to establish a tap room with food offerings and an outdoor patio. Bowmanville is traditionally a quiet residential neighborhood with a light industrial section and a few walkable bars, but nothing on the scale of what Half Acre plans. To ensure a move that satisfies everyone, Half Acre has been aiming for transparency and community support in its zoning and permitting processes.
The latest step in this process, as announced by 40th Ward Alderman Pat O'Connor, was a survey assessing zoning changes to support a larger tap room and Half Acre's ability to serve food. Out of the 350 neighborhood residents surveyed, 91.7% supported the changes from an M1-1 to a C3-3 zoning district for the brewery. This will allow for a tap room greater than 4,000 square feet, as well as an outdoor patio. More good news for the neighborhood and for beer lovers.
— Benjamin van Loon
·Half Acre Eyes Bowmanville For New Brewery And Beer Garden [Curbed Chicago]