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Pilsen’s Getting a New Brewpub With Ex-Leopold Chef’s Food

Alulu will feature fresh craft beer

Alulu is coming to this site in Pilsen.
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Over the past year, a new brewpub has slowly taken shape in Pilsen. There’s still no opening date for Alulu, as the owners aren’t quite ready to share specifics about their project that started back at the end of 2015 at 2011 S. Laflin St. They’ve long held their liquor and business licenses—since 2015, according to city records. Despite the speed bumps, in December they appeared to turn the corner as they began the hiring process for waitstaff.

The plan includes food, as Alulu lists Jeffrey Hedin, executive chef at Bellwether in Streeterville, as their head chef. Hedin’s job will be to make food to complement the fresh craft beer. The brewpub will feature 30 taps. Hedin was also the chef at Leopold, the Noble Square restaurant that closed in 2013 and was later replaced by Unite Urban Grill, which is also closed.

While an opening date, in December, was “around the corner,” it’s unclear when they could finally open their doors, but don’t expect it this month. Alulu’s ownership includes Paul Heintz and Frank Costanzo. Costanzo, a brewer and manager, is also a Chicago firefighter.

A brewpub would be one way to stay warm this winter in Pilsen. Check back for more details.


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