Big Plans for Pilsen Night Life

Bruce Finkelman, owner of Empty Bottle purchased Thalia Hall late 2013.  In just a few months Finkelman opened a high-end restaurant and basement level bar, marketed towards affluent youth not native to Pilsen.  But Finkelman's biggest plan proposed to open early 2014 is a music venue expected to house a few hundred concert goers on any given night.

Thalia Hall located at 18th and Allport has joined a cluster of businesses serving this emerging East Pilsen demographic including Honky Tonk BBQ, Belli's: Organic Grocer, Modern Cooperative, Simone's Bar, Dia de los Tamales, and Lucky's Barbershop.

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Controversial Metal Shredder Approved next to Juarez High School

DNAinfo Chicago reports the outcome of last Fridays hearing - Feb. 21st - at the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.  On the table was a special use permit needed to open Pilsen's second metal recycling facility.  Community opposition was formed by local organizations P.E.R.R.O. and Pilsen Alliance, in response to the facilities negative impact on air quality, traffic and safety of nearby students at Juarez High School.  Community residents sat through over seven hours of hearings for the opportunity to speak out against the proposed metal shredder, Pure Metal Recycling.  

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