The long-vacant former Osco drug store at Asbury Avenue and Oakton Street in Evanston may soon have a new tenant.

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, announced at Monday night’s City Council meeting that the owners of the Little Beans Cafe at 1809 W. Webster in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood are looking to open a new location in Evanston.

Burrus says they’ve filed for a special use permit for the Osco site, but are still negotiating with the landlord over terms of a lease.

“So it’s not a done deal yet,” Burrus said, while expressing hopes that the deal will go through.

Little Beans Cafe describes itself on its website as “a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages.”

The property has been vacant since 2006 when CVS bought all the free-standing Osco drug stores in the region and closed this one because it had its own new store just a half mile away at Asbury and Howard Street.

Several previous efforts to find a grocery store or other new tenant for the building failed.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thrilled!

    I am totally excited about the prospect of Little Beans Cafe coming to the former Osco site.  I think it is good for the neighborhood with young families and all of Evanston. I for one will be a frequent visitor.

  2. osco store re-use

    Let's hope this deal goes through. 

    Their Chicago location is a true community asset, a safe place for toddlers to romp while their parents enjoy a cup of joe and light meals. The place is a real money-spinner and a real community meeting place for the demographic it serves. Evanston will be fortunate if this comes to pass.  


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