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Cindy's Taps Chef Christian Ragano; Emporium Eyeing San Francisco Expansion; More

Plus, haunted Edgewater Lounge is up for sale.

Chicago Athletic Association
Chicago Athletic Association
Chicago Athletic Association

THE LOOPMore news on the renovation of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has come with the announcement that Christian Ragano (NoMi, Glencoe's Guildhall) will head up the kitchen of Cindy's on the building's top floor. Ragano's menu will be seasonally-focused with Italian and Spanish influences. Nandini Khaund, who spent time at Big Star and the Violet Hour, has also been appointed the restaurant's beverage manager. [Crain]

SAN FRANCISCOThe guys behind Emporium Arcade Bar are closing in on expanding to San Francisco in the home of a historic Art Deco-style movie theater built in 1926. There also won't be a restaurant inside the space, but the incorporation of food trucks is a possibility, a la Emporium Logan Square. [Eater SF]

EDGEWATERIf you have $725,000 hidden in your couch cushions, then you can have the Edgewater Lounge, which is now on sale. Not only do you get a cool building that served as a popular watering hole for the neighborhood since 1908, you also get a site haunted by Mary, a former owner. Don't worry, it's not Poltergeist-level haunting, just mild "mischief," according to local reports. [Curbed]

Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL (312) 940-3552 Visit Website

Edgewater Lounge

5600 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 878-3343 Visit Website

Emporium Arcade Bar

1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 697-7922 Visit Website