Gino’s East Takes Over Historic Chicago Building

Pizza joint locates at 500 N. LaSalle, a turn of the century building that once powered the city’s cable car system and Michael Jordan's buddies.

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Gino's East is already a legendary Chicago institution, but the latest outpost has a legendary building to boot. You can now get deep-dish inside the historic building at 500 N. LaSalle St.
The turn of the century building opened in 1887 as the North Chicago Street Railroad Company Cable Car Powerhouse, which powered the city’s cable car system and brought thousands of workers downtown each day.
Alfredo Flores
In recent years, it was the home of such businesses as Michael Jordan's restaurant.
The first floor will house a brewery in the spring.
The third floor serves as a private event space.
The second floor, the main dining area, pays homage to Chicago’s industrial boom with street lamps flanking every booth, exposed brick and wood paneled walls. The ceiling was refurbished to showcase its original rafter system.
Alfredo Flores
The first floor features a bar/lounge setting, including a full bar complete with a row of taps and beer coolers built-in to the wood walls, flat screens throughout, and hand crafted plank tables along with booth seating.
And of course, there's plenty of deep-dish pizza!
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