The expansion of Evanston SPACE and Union Pizzeria, 1245 Chicago Ave., got the green light Tuesday after the City Council voted unanimously to approve the zoning ordinance change requested by the businesses.

The shared entrance of Union Pizza/Evanston Space.
The shared entrance of Union Pizza/Evanston Space. Credit: Manan Bhavnani

Evanston SPACE, which has long existed to the east of the restaurant as an accessory, is eyeing an expansion as an independent performance venue.

Traditionally, the music venue and the restaurant in the Third Ward have shared an entryway as well as bathrooms. The renovation and expansion will give SPACE a separate entrance and more amenities, including a lobby bar, restrooms, a coat check and a patio area.

The proposed expansion is a move to enhance the business, Jake Samuels, executive director of Evanston SPACE, said after a community meeting in January.

Applicant Hana Samuels of Blue Star Properties requested amendments to Section 6-9-2-3 of the city code.

The Land Use Commission approved changes to zoning ordinances 38-O-23 and 39-O-23 on Feb. 22, and referred the issue to City Council, which gave SPACE the go-ahead to become an official performance entertainment venue as defined by city code.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...

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  1. Looking forward to see this development! Shows at SPACE always enjoyable! Class act in many ways.

  2. What has become of the fountains in “fountain square”? I can’t believe that things have so mismanaged that this considerable expenditure of some three years ago has not been fixed! What is the City Counsel doing about this?

    1. Fix fountain square.sue the contractor.and have proper oversight on all city move the farmers market to fountain square is another bad management of city funds.