The Lakeview location of Home Run Inn pizza is closing at the end of the month. The 5,500-square-foot spot was the sole North Side location among the chain’s nine restaurants. Home Run Inn won’t even last until the Cubs’ April home opener at nearby Wrigley Field as closing day is March 31 at 3215 N. Sheffield Avenue.
The Sheffield Avenue location opened in 2015 inside a building that was long occupied by Chicago Italian-American mini-chain Leona’s. The restaurant became a comfortable spot for families with small children and for private events. The company also sells frozen pizzas to grocers and dates back to 1923.
The chain’s Twitter account confirmed the closing after Southport Corridor News posted an announcement emailed to customers: “We are extremely grateful for the wonderful relationships we’ve built with our guests and look forward to serving you for the next 70 years.”
Home Run Inn brought South Side-style pizza near the home of Chicago’s North Side baseball team. However, South Side pizza fans aren’t at a total loss. Aurelio’s, another South Side pizza chain, opened a location last year in Wrigleyville.
There’s no indication on what will replace Home Run Inn. After Leona’s closed, the space was long vacant. But that was before construction crews and developers started transforming the area around Wrigley Field, adding hotels, restaurants, and national chains.
For fans of Home Run Inn, pizza lovers have 12 days to make it in before closing day.