A touch of the South Side is coming to Wrigleyville this spring as Aurelio’s Pizza, the chain that started in suburban Homewood, has taken over the space vacated by Myron Mixon’s Smokeshow. The pizzeria should open in the spring at 3801 N. Clark Street, according to a news release. It’s the 59-year-old chain’s first North Side location.
Additionally, Aurelio’s has already set up a Facebook page for the location and is hiring. The restaurant will be family friendly with outdoor seating. They’ll have 25 TVs for Cubs fans and 20 draft beers.
Aurelio’s has a proven track record over almost six decades. The chain has more than 40 locations spread over six states. The chain also appears on Eater Chicago’s Most Iconic Pizzeria list. The previous tenant, from celebrity barbecue pit master Myron Mixon, lasted about a year in the space.
The pizzeria provides Wrigleyville with a rare new restaurant that’s not affiliated with the Cubs and the development directly surrounding Wrigley Field. The Hotel Zachary, located across from the baseball stadium, should open soon with a variety of new restaurants from some of Chicago’s largest restaurant groups. Cubs’ Opening Day at Wrigley is April 9.