One of Chicago oldest, but least seen, buildings is going to suddenly become very popular.
The Pickwick Stable was built as a horse barn back when The Loop was mostly farmland. Since then, the city grew up around it and it has almost completely vanished from the eye. In fact, the only way to see it is to look through an iron fence down a dark alley at 22 East Jackson Street.
Now as part of a larger student housing project, the old stable is going to become a coffee shop.
Chicago’s Asado Coffee Company plans to open a cafe/coffee shop in the building by the end of 2014. Asado currently runs a roasting operation up at 1432 West Irving Park Road in the Graceland West neighborhood. Ironically, perhaps, it plans to roast coffee beans in the stable that managed to survive the Great Chicago Fire.
The project is being spearheaded by Campus Acquisitions and involves also renovating the Steger Building and the Gibbons Building in a $60 million rehabilitation. When it’s done there will be 450 student beds available.
This isn’t Pickwick’s first romp in the restaurant hay. In fact, it’s been five different restaurants in the past, including Colonel Abson’s Chop House, and the Pickwick Cafe.