WOODLAWN — South Loop rock club Reggies is hoping to open a new location at the century-old 63rd Street Beach House within the next couple weeks, owner Robby Glick said Thursday.
The club will occupy the “northeast quadrant” of the building with its kitchen, a bar and space for seating. It’s also installing a 50- by 60-foot deck along the beach with a second bar.
Its maximum capacity hasn’t been assigned by the city yet, but Glick estimates space for 100 to 150 people between the two areas.
In addition to its rooftop bar, Reggies’ home base at 2105 S. State St. is known for its live shows. The new location won’t be as focused on them, Glick said, but there will be an area for the odd reggae or classic rock band to perform.
The club is excited to inhabit the “old, historic” beach house, which opened in 1919, Glick said.
With its location along the Lakefront Trail, Reggies hopes to “pull from Hyde Park and all the joggers and bicyclists that come down the path,” he said.
The venue won’t open until it is granted a liquor license, but Glick is hoping all permits will be taken care of and the new location will open within the next two weeks.
Glick said he’s heard concerns about a rock club opening on the South Side in a historic area. But Reggie’s isn’t trying to change the neighborhood’s culture at all, he said.
“We’re just trying to find a cool place for everybody to go chill out have drinks and food,” Glick said. “We just love the beaches of the South Side. … We thought we could spread that brand going south a little better than going north.”
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