The former Dairy Queen building at 999 Howard St. in Evanston — fondly remembered by fans of soft-serve ice cream — is up for sale again.

The listing suggests the property, at 14,646 square feet, would be “ideal for development.”

The 954 square foot DQ building has been vacant for many years — except for a brief reincarnation last year as the Maxwell Style Grill, which gave the building its current mustard and ketchup color scheme, but didn’t catch on with diners.

The property is listed for sale now at $575,000, that’s up from $554,999 in a 2014 listing for the property that didn’t lead to a sale.

The current owner of the building, listing in county records as Dennis Lackhan, has owned the property since 2009, when he bought it for $380,000.

Looking west on Howard from the intersection with Ridge Avenue toward the DQ. (Google Maps image.)

The Dairy Queen lot is roughly the same size as the six-storefront strip mall property just to its east. The C1 commercial zoning would permit restaurant, retail, office, shopping center, educational institution and similar uses.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. goodies

    Oh, if someone would only bring back the great DQ…….greatest soft-serve and Brazier Burgers!….oh, well…….boo hoo…..

    1. FOR SALE

      Believe it or not, nally, we have had the same idea, why not find a DQ franchisee! No luck at all.

      Per CNN Money, To open up a DQ Grill & Chill — the full-service restaurant that offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides, and frozen treats — a potential owner is required to have a net worth of $750,000, with liquid assets of $400,000. A 76-seat restaurant costs more than $1 million to construct and set up. To open a DQ Orange Julius location — which offers only fruit smoothies and Dairy Queen treats — is not as expensive.

      Discussions with those familiar with the DQ franchise operation indicate this link is good information re the required investment. FYI


      BTW, Bill, the building is not for sale again, it is still for sale. 

        1. I’m surprised the city just

          I’m surprised the city just doesn’t buy it and then fund some pet project business that will fail and the tax payers will never see their money recouped 

          1. Have purchased the building. .

            Dear Hey, Buildings the city has purchased on Howard St are in the Howard Ridge TIF.

            Our projects have been others’ dreams of a lifetime come true. They have both been huge successes and, of course you’ve read that  owners of Ward eight cocktail lounge have purchased the building.  Peckish pig received their second Zagat  Award in 2017.  We don’t do failures on Howard Street  City owned properties. We do amazing things,  it’s complicated, but we get it right. That’s why we call it the great 8th Ward.

      1. DQ Info

        thanks, Ann.   Now I really want a Buster Bar!   Maybe some fanatical DQ person will want to buy and re-open…..one can hope.   It’s a good standard restaurant, great food and prices, great reputation, and great location.

      1. Great holiday present????

        Wow…all I want for Christmas is my old DQ…….we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed on this one!  Thanks for the encouraging news!

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