Microbrewery On Tap For Motor Row

February 13, 2013


The former Federal Motor Car Co. showroom in Chicago’s Motor Row Historic District will be rehabilitated into a microbrewery under a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan approved today by City Council.

The $2.5 million Broad Shoulders Brewery project, to be located at 2337 S. Michigan Ave., will be assisted with up to $628,000 in TIF for interior and exterior repairs.

“This project will help Motor Row fulfill its role as an important link between the South Loop and the Near South Side,” Mayor Emanuel said.

Being developed by BSB Holdings LLC, the 8,700-square-foot project will include brewing operations, distribution space, and a tasting room on the building’s first floor.  Support and office space will be housed on the second and third floors.

The project will create four full-time positions and 25 temporary jobs. 

Chicago’s Historic Motor Row was home to more than 100 different automobile-related businesses in the early decades of the 20th century. Stretching primarily along the 2200 to 2600 blocks of South Michigan Avenue, Motor Row was designated a Chicago Landmark District in 2000.

The former Federal Motor Car Co. showroom was built in 1910.


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