According to a recent article from Block Club Chicago, the former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House will transform into a cafe at 958 W 69th St.
A representative of the new cafe was not immediately available for commentary upon What Now Chicago’s request.
According to the article, if all goes according to plan, the cafe will be able to open its doors sometime in 2026.
“Englewood native Jennipher Adkins applied twice for city funding to renovate her limestone building on the corner of 69th and Morgan Street to no avail, she said. Since 2018, Adkins’ nonprofit, Englewood Real Estate Development Corp, has owned the Former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House at 958 W. 69th St.”
“The 126-year-old building is one of the few remaining taverns of the 57 constructed by Schlitz Brewery across the city during pre-Prohibition years. It was designated a Chicago landmark in July 2011. But Adkins proved the third time’s a charm when she was approved for a $250,000 Adopt-A-Landmark grant in late January. The city program supports projects that will revitalize historic buildings.”
“Adkins will use the $250,000 to restore the former tavern’s crumbling roof, she said. The repair is one major step in Adkins’ goal of transforming the Former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House into an “air fryer cafe” where customers can enjoy hot food and drinks, she said.”
“From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., neighbors can visit Englewood’s Salvation Army, 945 W. 69th St., to make valentines for the Tied House. Skyline Council will host the free, family-friendly event and provide supplies and treats.”
“Attendees can share their visions for the cafe before stringing heart-shaped designs on the building’s exterior. The event will end with a group photo in front of the newly decorated tavern. Adkins will also launch a crowdfunding campaign at the Valentine’s Day event to raise funds to complete work on the cafe, she said.”
“In the years to come, Adkins hopes to build out additional spaces at the Former Schlitz Brewery-Tied House, she said. An adjacent outdoor space could become a beer garden, Adkins said. Vacant apartments above the cafe could be used as a community gathering space for neighbors and local organizations, Adkins said.”
“Adkins hopes to partner with an operator “who sees the vision and is committed to the community” to help her develop the project, she said.”