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Half Acre Expansion Project Hops Over to City Council For Vote

The plan includes a second brewery, restaurant, beer garden and tasting room at new space.

Half Acre Brewery
Half Acre Brewery
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Half Acre Beer Co.'s huge expansion project, pegged for a site about a mile and half from their brewery on Lincoln Avenue, will now head to the city council. They cleared a major hurdle on Thursday when the city's plan commission approved the project which includes a second brewery, a full-service restaurant, beer garden and tasting room. The new facility will handle most of the company's brewing, moving production from the existing brewery and could allow expansion of the tasting room on Lincoln.

The company purchased the property at 2050 W. Balmoral St. last year, and touted that it's a five-minute walk from their Lincoln Avenue location. It was important to ensure the locations were close to each other. Now that the city's plan commission approved the plan, as reported by DNAinfo, they'll need the city council's approval. The new brewery would increase Half Acre's production, allowing them to distribute to the suburbs outside of Cook County and on the east coast.

There's not much known about the restaurant. They don't serve food at the Lincoln Avenue space, as it's been popular practice to bring in food from surrounding restaurants, like The Bad Apple, to enjoy while sipping on a Daisy Cutter or other brew.

An email to Half Acre asking for comment wasn't returned, and none of their social media sites have been updated with additional information. They still need the aldermen to approve the project, so they likely don't want to jinx anything. There's no timetable to share when they'd open, but patience. It's a slow process to build anything in the city.

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