Source: AmySue Mertens, chicagojournal.com
Wed, 17th Aug, 2011
The West Loop’s new Irish Pub, Paddy O’Fegan’s opened this week with a bit of fanfare from the Fulton River District Association folks. It is great to see a pub on the “other side of the tracks.” Historically that area has been known for fly-by-night clubs that shutter after neighbor complaints over noise and street violence are followed up with police and aldermanic interventions.
Paddy O’Fegan’s just might be ushering in a new era North of Lake Street. The facade brightens the street scape, and is visible to Westbound Green Line riders, a rarity given that many businesses West of the expressway front Lake Street making their presence largely unknown to those traveling in and out of the Loop.
O’Fegan’s might also be saving some of the older era too. Heidi Hess, a fun and hip knit wear designer, opened her retail shop on that block a few years ago. A couple of months back, she sent an email announcing the shuttering of the store. Then, just last week she emailed, “The HEIDI HESS showroom is still open! Paddy O’Fegan’s next door has opened their doors! Shop this Wed-Saturday, August 17th-20th from 11-6p and your first drink is on us!”
I’m not sure Heidi has plans to stay now, but hopefully O’Fegan’s will breathe life into the area for future retailers opening up along that strip. It provides a great connection between West Loop and Fulton River District.