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More South Loop Suds: Motor Row Brewing Opening in mid-January

Taproom could open next month inside former historic car showroom.

Motor Row Brewing Co.
Motor Row Brewing Co.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Chicago's brewery scene continues to explode with Motor Row Brewing finally opening in January.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand on Friday at the brewery for a ribbon cutting. Motor Row will have a taproom inside the 8,700-square-foot building at 2337 S. Michigan Ave. They've been working toward opening since 2011, and now have Jan. 14 as the opening date inside the former Federal Motor Car Co. showroom. There's $2.7 million invested in the project, according to DNA Info. The city's providing $628,000 in tax incentives to help pay for the redevelopment, according to Crain's. The money is what brought the mayor's presence on Friday.

Rahm may consider adding "Stein" as his middle name, as breweries keep opening under his tenure. The addition of Motor Row, formerly Broad Shoulders, brings the number of Chicago breweries up to 22, Emmanuel said on Friday. Emanuel wants to revitalize the South Loop, and it looks like the city's trying to attract brewers to the area. Baderbräu last week announced its own plans to open a brewery next year. Vice District Brewing opened earlier this year.