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Famed Corned Beef Factory Moves to a Larger West Loop Location With Seating

Plus, Al’s Beef shutters in Wicker Park and more intel

One of The Corned Beef Factory’s sandwiches.
Yelp/The Corned Beef Factory

Critically-acclaimed West Loop sandwich shop The Corned Beef Factory has moved to a larger location across the street. The new spot at 1016 W. Lake Street offers seating, a larger menu, and longer hours than the previous location, which was a tiny carry-out-only operation that was carved out of the actual factory and opened in January 2015. There’s still no update on a planned location in the Loop across from Millennium Park, however.

— The Al’s Beef outpost in Wicker Park has shuttered, Block Club reports. The location had been open since 2013 at 1300 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

— New York City restaurant group Passon & Passon and Lakeview spot Lago Wine Bar have settled their lawsuit, according to an Illinois federal court filing that was reported by Law360. The suit alleged that Lago, which was opened by two former employees of Passon & Passon, copied “virtually every single design detail and element” and serves “virtually the same exact menu items” as the NYC group.

— Everything from the closed Baderbrau Brewing is now up for auction and the Tribune reports that a new brewery or even Baderbrau itself could reopen in the space if the assets are sold in bulk. Baderbrau, which opened around three years ago, stopped brewing in late May and closed the 2515 S. Wabash Avenue taproom in mid-June as a precursor to new ownership.

Chance The Rapper bought and plans to reboot Chicagoist, it was first announced as a lyric in a new Chance track and subsequently on Gothamist. There’s no word yet on a relaunch date or plans for the food section for the publication that Joe Ricketts shuttered along with DNAinfo in November 2017.

— And finally, Chicagoans will be able to drink Caribou Coffee again — inside Einstein Bros. Bagels locations, the Sun-Times reports. Caribou closed all 18 of its Chicago locations or converted them to Peet’s Coffee and Teas back in 2013. The same company owns both the Caribou and Einstein Bros. brands.


2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 (312) 890-2728

Al's Italian Beef

1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 226-4017 Visit Website

The Corned Beef Factory

, Chicago, IL (312) 666-2536

Lago Wine Bar

3207 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 Visit Website