November 30, 2023


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Mike’s Furnishings And Appliances Opens Next Wicker Park Locale

WICKER PARK — A longtime Wicker Park household furniture retail outlet has opened a second spot on the other facet of the neighborhood — and is keeping in company at its primary storefront right after a proposed advancement fell through.

Mike’s Furniture and Appliances opened in 1975 at 1259 N. Ashland Ave., owner Mike Giza claimed. Neighbors know it for its variety of affordable couches, beds, fridges and other housewares, as well as layaway possibilities and regular product sales.

Earlier this calendar year, a developer proposed setting up two residential condominium complexes to swap quite a few properties on the 1200 block of North Ashland Avenue, which include Mike’s Furnishings. A zoning improve important for the developments to transfer forward handed the City Council in June.

But programs for the condominium buildings under no circumstances materialized, Giza mentioned. Company has been constant, he said, and Mike’s is not only being open at its unique Ashland Avenue location but also launching a next retail outlet at 1639 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The new keep opened this month with a “whole new look” in a busier locale that normal supervisor Charlie Stephens said he hopes will entice clients who may not be familiar with the unique Mike’s on Ashland.

“It’s a pleasant new area, new seem for Mike’s Home furniture. It has additional modern-day, up to date furnishings, continue to same very good price tag. Our supply price is even now a $49 flat charge. It’s just a diverse vibe more than there. It is a lot more geared toward absolutely everyone,” Stephens said Thursday.

Mike’s Household furniture and Equipment original location on Ashland Avenue just north of Division Road. Credit history: Quinn Myers/Block Club Chicago

Before this year, developer Grand Attributes Acquisitions sought a zoning improve to develop two five-tale buildings at 1235-37 and 1257-1301 N. Ashland Ave., which incorporates Mike’s primary spot.

In March, Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) submitted an ordinance to Town Council to approve the transform following some back again-and-forth on the design and style of the two buildings, which would have provided 40 overall apartments.

The web sites have been then moved into the 1st Ward less than citywide redistricting this spring, and the developments had been temporarily held up when Ald. Daniel La Spata’s (1st) office reviewed the strategies.

Inspite of opposition from the Wicker Park Committee community group, which weighs in on neighborhood zoning matters, La Spata issued a letter of “no objection” for the two zoning adjustments to the Council’s zoning committee, allowing for for their passage in June.

But above the previous a number of months, the two developments “just didn’t arrive together,” Giza reported on Thursday. Zoning attorney Rolando Acosta, who represented the developer, did not return a request for remark.

In addition to its up-to-date glance, the next Mike’s spot will also have a dedicated rug section on top of staples like recliners, dining area sets and dressers.

“We even now have the exact wonderful charges … We nevertheless have that exact design, in which we’re nevertheless the terrific reasonably priced home furnishings [store] in which anyone can store,” Stephens stated.

Mike’s Furniture’s new location will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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