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Vacant Edgewater Lounge Property’s New Developers Hint At Building’s Future

Edgewater_Lounge1Closed back in June of 2015, the old Edgewater Lounge at 5600 N. Ashland Ave. has sat vacant since it shuttered its doors. The previous property owners, which could not pay both city fees and an outstanding loan to its mortgage company, were forced to abandon their business after the liquor license was revoked.

On the market for $725,000, the property’s mortgage was quickly gobbled up by Seggio Developments LLC which names local developer Gino Battaglia as the manager. The 2,800-square-foot, two-story building includes 1,700 square feet of retail space, a full galley kitchen and a second floor, two-bedroom 1,100 square foot apartment.

A lawyer representing Seggio Developments LLC broke the silence about the future of the building in a DNAinfo article released today by Linze Rice. Skokie-based attorney David Dordek did not go as far as to say the retail space would remain a bar or restaurant. However, he did tell the publication that the property, “will likely be consistent with what makes the neighborhood happy.”

This could come as good news to many in the area, as it hints at what could become another energetic business anchoring the Ashland and Bryn Mawr corner. The property has hosted a number of taverns since it was built in 1901 including a speakeasy, with an auto parts store serving as a front, booze flowed in the back and poker games raged on downstairs.

The building is also allegedly haunted by Mary, one of its former owners. The slightly mischievous ghost has been know to make doors open on their own, project occasional auras on the beer tap and make the restaurant’s electricity and fryer randomly turn off.


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