Chicago-based brewery, 5 Rabbit Cervecería, will be the first retail tenant at Pilsen’s Mural Park. Plans for the Latin American-inspired craft brewers include a small batch brewery and full-service restaurant that will celebrate Latin culture and cuisine.
Scheduled to open early 2019, it will become an anchor in Condor Partners’ innovative Mural Park, an office and retail redevelopment of two 100,000-square-foot loft buildings in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. JLL retail vice president Jose Gonzalez and associate Joaquin Manriquez represented landlord Condor Partners in the transaction.
“A little over a year ago we launched the Pilsen First Initiative with the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, JLL and Transwestern with the goal of employing local businesses and attracting high quality employers who respect and celebrate the rich culture of Pilsen,” said Michael McLean, partner with Condor Partners. “We could not have imagined a more fulfilling tenant than 5 Rabbit Cervecería as our first lease.”
“Mural Park has been one of the most exciting developments in Pilsen to date and in working with Condor our goal has always been to make this a place for both the community and business,” said Gonzalez. “We believe that 5 Rabbit perfectly represents the cultural integrity of Pilsen. 5 Rabbit’s new setting will allow for great interaction between the brewery and this beloved neighborhood to further the collective goal of diversity through inclusion.”
5 Rabbit Cervecería is known for their award-winning craft beers that celebrate the rich tapestry of Latin culture. The new “picantería”—an informal restaurant improvised from family homes typically found in working class neighborhoods—will serve unique and traditional Latin American food.
“This project will allow us to bring 5 Rabbit’s vision full circle by intersecting recipes and inspiration, a gathering of friends and family, a home to all, where we can come together and continue to grow as a community,” said Andrés Araya, founder of 5 Rabbit Cervecería. In addition to their new space at Mural Park, 5 Rabbit’s production brewery in Bedford Park, Illinois will continue to brew and distribute their beers.
Located on Sangamon Street between 19th and Cullerton Streets in Chicago, Mural Park is the starting point for El Paseo, a four-mile rails-to-trails project that will connect Pilsen, Little Village and University Village. The first office space is set to deliver in September 2018.