NEAR WEST SIDE — The Kinzie Industrial Corridor on the Near West Side — an area just west of the booming West Loop — will soon be home to another new brewery.
Maverick Brewery Co. was issued construction and alteration permits last week to convert the warehouse at 2137 W. Walnut St. into a brewery and tasting room, according to Chicago Cityscape.
In total, more than $1.7 million in renovations, including new landscaping and 12 parking spaces, are planned at the site, according to the permit.
Work has begun on the interior of the warehouse building, but there is not a firm date on when the brewery plans to open, according to a source.
Maverick Brewery Co. officials could not be reached for comment.
In recent years, the area has become a hub for local breweries and taprooms, with a handful of brewers making the mostly industrial area their home.
In 2015, after brewing at the site for 20 years, Goose Island opened their taproom at 1800 W. Fulton St. Last year, three other breweries followed suit. On Tour Brewing opened at 1725 W. Hubbard St., Great Central Brewing Company opened at 221 N. Wood St. and Finch Beer Co. opened at 1800 W. Walnut St.
The neighborhood will also soon be home to a new Green Line station at Damen and Lake, opening the neighborhood to more foot traffic.
Hannah Jones, director of economic development at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, an incubator in the area, said she’s heard that a new brewery was coming to the area, but ICNC leaders have not yet connected with the brewery’s owners.
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said he had not heard about the new brewery’s plans but welcomed the idea of another brewery in the neighborhood.
“It’s become a brewery area,” Burnett said. “They don’t pose any problem with the industrial warehouses and businesses in the area.”
The taprooms and brewery complement the neighborhood and offer places for workers to grab a quick bite, while attracting tourist and Chicagoans from other neighborhoods to the industrial area, Burnett said.
Ultimately, the alderman said the breweries are modernizing the neighborhood without changing the district’s manufacturing roots.
“It’s mixing the old and the new,” he said.
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