Longtime Chicago gay bar Little Jim’s up for sale

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CHICAGO — The building that houses Little Jim’s Tavern, one of the oldest gay bars in Chicago, is up for sale.

Chicago Magazine reported Tuesday that the five lot parcel in Chicago’s Boystown area has been listed for $7.5 million.

From Chicago:

Despite housing Little Jim’s and its neighboring bar, Big Jim’s, the property, which spans 3501 to 3519 North Halsted Street and listed on April 29, is being marketed as vacant land.

One of Chicago’s oldest gay bars, Little Jim’s originally opened in 1975, according to a 2014 report by the Windy City Times. Should the tavern shutter, it would be the latest in a string of neighborhood institutions to do so, including Spin Nightclub and Gay Mart in 2014, Halsted’s Bar & Grill in 2016, and Hollywood Mirror earlier this year.

Compass real estate agent Elizabeth Pyle declined to comment on the listing. Records show that the property is owned by Sherwood Investments and Trust Company in Philadelphia. Proprietor Tom Sherwood did not immediately return a request for comment, but a member of his staff did confirm the company’s ownership of the Halsted Street property. Jeff Shand, general manager of Little Jim’s, could not be immediately reached.

Should the property sell for a price tag in the millions, there’s reason to believe it could go the way of the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park, which was demolished in April to make way for a six-story apartment development. But Tressa Feher, chief of staff for 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, says that any proposed zoning changes would go in front of residents before a decision is made.

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