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A $5 Million Buddy Bear Car Wash Could Be Coming To Chatham

The car wash will repurpose long-vacant land in on 83rd Street. It could go before the City Council for approval in September.

Developers at SDR Chatham, LLC want to bring a $5 million Buddy Bear Car Wash to vacant land at 201-357 W. 83rd St. in Chatham.
Buddy Bear Car Wash
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CHATHAM — A $5 million car wash could be coming to a vacant plot on the South Side.

Developers at SDR Chatham, LLC hope to bring a Buddy Bear Car Wash to 201-357 W. 83rd St. 

The single-story project will be approximately 4,775 square feet and include 26 parking spaces. The car wash will bring 100 construction jobs and eight permanent jobs to the community, according to the developers’ proposal.

The Chicago Plan Commission gave key approval for the project Aug. 18. The development still needs City Council approval to move forward. 

Credit: Department of Planning and Development
A rendering of the Buddy Bear Car Wash proposed for vacant land in Chatham.

Buddy Bear Car Wash owner Phil Degeratto celebrated 50 years in business in June at the first location, 3940 W. Washington Blvd. There are five locations on the South and West sides of the city and three in the suburbs. 

If the Chatham location is approved, it will be minutes away from another Buddy Bear, 1045 W. 95th St.

As he seeks reelection, Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) touted the business as one of many developments he’s helped bring to the community during his nearly 20-year career as alderman

“Every day, I’m hustling,” Brookins previously said. “Every day, I’m out talking to people and showing them my compassion in this city. We need quality goods and services. Business begets business.”

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