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1/29/2014 3:18:00 PM
Little Beans Café and Play Space Contemplates Move to Asbury/Oakton
This long-vacant site may house Little Beans Family Café and indoor playground.
Photo by Mary Mumbrue

This long-vacant site may house Little Beans Family Café and indoor playground.

Photo by Mary Mumbrue


Little Beans, a family café and indoor playground located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is looking to open a new location in Evanston.

The café has filed paperwork with the City of Evanston’s Planning and Zoning Division to complete a special use process with the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning & Development Committee to occupy space at 430 Asbury Ave. Little Beans is currently working with the property owner to negotiate a lease to locate at the space, formerly an Osco Drug store.

The lease is a two-step process because the property is currently leased by CVS pharmacy; Little Beans must come to an agreement with both the property owner and CVS in order to sub-lease the space.

“Evanston families are excited about the prospect of a unique, family-friendly destination opening its doors in the neighborhood,” said Ninth Ward Alderman Coleen Burrus. “Both [Eighth Ward] Alderman Rainey and I have worked to bring something to this space that is good for the community and the neighborhood. Transforming this unoccupied commercial space into a successful small business benefitting the community has been a long time in the making.”

“Little Beans café is a wonderful use for the Asbury/Oakton site,” said Ald.Rainey. “We love the city of Evanston and feel it’s the perfect mix of urban and suburban for Little Beans,” said co-owner Shannon Valko.

Ms. Valko will tell community members more about the cafe’s plans at the Feb. 12 Ninth Ward Meeting 7 p.m. at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

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