WICKER PARK — A one-stop shop for groceries, freshly prepared meals, locally roasted coffee, gifts, wine and more may be coming to the six-corner intersection of Wicker Park.
Chicago grocery chain Foxtrot Market plans to open at 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave. The business would replace Café Cancale, a One Off Hospitality Group restaurant that closed last year due to the pandemic.
Before opening, Foxtrot needs to secure a building permit for the creation of a walk-up window. A zoning change needed for the request was approved by City Council last week and is supported by Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st.)
Because the storefront is in a landmarked building, the request is undergoing final review as part of the building permit application process, Department of Planning and Development spokesman Peter Strazzabosco said. Details of the zoning change can be found here.
Foxtrot plans to maintain its current Wicker Park location at 1722 W. Division St, Chief Marketing Officer Carla Dunham said.
The location at the bustling six-corner intersection sees heavy foot traffic and will expose a different part of Wicker Park to the grocer’s offerings, she said.
“We’re so so excited about this location,” she said. “We love that neighborhood. We wanna come in and be an amenity to the whole neighborhood. … We’re thrilled about the location.”
Known for its selection of locally sourced groceries, booze, grab-and-go meals and coffee, Foxtrot has multiple locations throughout the city. The grocer recently expanded to Dallas and Washington, D.C.
While the current Wicker Park shop is steps from the Division Street Blue Line station, the new store will neighbor the Damen Avenue station, as well as the Milwaukee, Damen and North avenue bus lines.
The new location will also be larger and will have more options for cafe-style seating, Dunham said.
“It’s gonna feel warmer, feel more welcoming in terms of sitting down and having a meal on premise,” she said. “Once we’re open, we’re open to feedback. We wanna be an essential part of everyone’s day.”
Pending the approval of the walk-up window, details related to the store’s opening date, floor plan and job applications are still in the works, Dunham said.
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