WRIGLEYVILLE — Starbucks will open a new location near Wrigley Field in April, around the corner from the cafe it closed in December.
The two-floor building at 3551 N. Sheffield Ave., just south of the intersection of Sheffield and Addison, has gone through several iterations since its time as Harry Caray's Tavern, which closed in 2010 after two years and relocated to Navy Pier.
It has also been home to Hi-Tops, Club 162, Benchwarmers and, most recently, O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen, which opened in 2012 and closed two years later. After O'Malley's shuttered, a seasonal Halloween costume pop-up has used the space for several years.
Crews were hard at work Tuesday renovating the former O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen, 3551 N. Sheffield Ave. A Starbucks will open in the space in April. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
A $100,000 rehaul began in February, city records show. As of Tuesday, a sign on the canopy sign announced an April 2 opening.
Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the location would serve alcohol or if the company would occupy the second floor of the building — making for a larger Starbucks than most in Lakeview.
The first signs of activity came last week, as was bitterly noted by @ChicagoBars, a Chicago hospitality industry-focused Twitter account.
Starbucks closed across from Wrigley Field after 21 years at 1023 W. Addison St. In February, a Starbucks spokesperson said there would be a new location opening soon.
The coffee shop is among a slew of businesses closing to make way for Addison & Clark, a $140 million development that will span Addison Street from Sheffield to Clark, and Clark Street south of the intersection to Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark St.
Demolition will start on the southeast corner of Clark and Addison in the next two months, followed immediately by construction on the mixed-use development. The project formerly known as Addison Park on Clark will include 148 luxury apartments, a movie theater, a fitness club, 493 parking spaces and 150,000 square feet of retail.
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