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The Edgewater Lounge For Sale, Includes Building’s Resident Ghost

Edgewater_Lounge1For $725,000, you can buy a restaurant, a two-bedroom apartment and a ghost, too.

The Edgewater Lounge, 5600 N. Ashland Ave., is a pre-Prohibition era restaurant bar that is allegedly haunted by Mary, one of its former owners. According to a 2012 story in The Columbia Chronicle, the slightly mischievous ghost may have something to do with a door opening on its own, an occasional aura on the beer tap, and the restaurant’s electricity and fryer randomly turning off.

Before she became the restaurant’s resident ghost, Mary owned and operated the Edgewater Lounge for 25 years. She sold it to its current owners, David and Donna Butler, in 2000. As the story goes, Mary died a few months later, leaving Earth but not the restaurant’s atmosphere.

Edgewater_Lounge2Now, Marcus & Millichap are selling the 2,800-square-foot, two-story structure that includes 1,700 square feet of retail space, a full galley kitchen, cooking equipment, and a fireplace in the back lounge. The second floor, two-bedroom apartment contains 1,100 square feet and has a 625-square-foot deck, plus a back yard. The property includes two paved parking spots.

The new buyer will be purchasing a building that the Cook County Assessor’s website says was built in 1901. Chibarproject.com says the structure became a tavern in 1908 and “was once a speakeasy with an auto parts store serving as a front while the booze flowed in the back and poker games raged on downstairs.”

For more information on the Edgewater Lounge, visit Curbed’s story at http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/05/07/edgewater-lounge-for-sale.php. That publication was the first to report the planned sale of the property.


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