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Almost. One Lake brewpub nearly ready to open

It’s been years in the making, but the new brewpub at the corner of Lake Street and Austin Boulevard – the name of the joint is One Lake – is almost ready to open.

During a recent tour with co-owners Jason Alfonsi and Shawn Stevens, construction teams were hard at work putting the final touches on the two-story (plus rooftop deck) brewpub that was originally built as a bank in 1920.

The building has gone through several iterations – a funeral home, medical offices, a credit card processing office – since the bank closed as the Great Depression hit in 1929. But none have attracted the kind of attention the brewpub is generating.

Stevens said neighbors have been asking for months about when it will open. He and Alfonsi are still reluctant to give an exact date, but they’re willing to offer up “a month or so.”

The place is still covered with construction dust, but the bar is complete, and the space is emerging as a cozy and modern restaurant with seating on the ground floor, second floor and rooftop deck with a partial view of downtown Chicago.

Article by Timothy Inklebarger of Oak Park Eats www.oakparkeats.com.  Click to read the entire article.