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Lucy’s Uptown: A Thriving Business in Trying Times

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

“Oh, hey you! It’s so nice to see you. This is just a note to say: Thank You! <3. With indoor dining shut down again, your support means the world to our small business. With winter upon us and these lockdowns, we totally get that times are tough right now. Just know there are sunny days ahead. Sending you good vibes always. Xoxo, Lucy’s.”

That’s the heartwarming greeting attached to your bag when you order deliver from Lucy’s in Uptown. They’re doing it right.

Originating in Humboldt Park in 2017 (after graduating from a food truck) and known for their fried chicken sandwich (actually deemed one of the best), Lucy’s staked their retro eatery claim in Uptown right before the pandemic took over. This time including a bar and new spins on their menu, Lucy’s had their eyes set on 2020—like most of us did—with hope and promise. Things obviously took a turn, but through lockdowns, fear and economic stress, they found a way to not only stay afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic but thrive.

“’It was scary,” co-owner of Lucy’s Damian Warzecha told Block Club Chicago regarding the start of their Uptown location at the helm of a pandemic, and subsequently stopping indoor service only a month after opening. They went on to say, “’it was kind of unreal that we had to shut the doors.’”

In response, Warzecha and his wife leaned heavily into their takeout and delivery service so to thwart a complete business shutdown. In addition to dialing up to-go orders, the Lucy’s team enhanced their business—and the Uptown neighborhood—by adding a vibrant mural to the side of their building.

Accentuating the business’s brand, the painting that wraps around Broadway and Wilson brings a lighthearted feel via rainbows and a peace sign to not only attract potential customers but impart some hope in a time of unease. Just like the note on their delivery bags.

Lucy’s Uptown is just one of the beloved neighborhood’s up and coming businesses. If you’re looking to buy in this part of town, there is a wide breadth of commerce, history, culture and architectural nuance waiting to be untapped. Please contact our team with any questions or interests around real estate ventures in Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park and throughout the greater Chicago area

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