On Wednesday, August 7, representatives from the Edgebrook Community Association met with the new Hookah Lounge owners and their attorney to discuss the issues and concerns raised by residents of Edgebrook.
The former Habano Cigar lounge on Lehigh was purchased in February and the new owners applied for the special use permit that is required by the city to operate as a Hookah Lounge. They have no intention of obtaining a liquor license and will restrict their sales to tobacco products and non alcoholic drinks such as tea and coffee. They also have no intention of selling marijuana products now or in the future. They have parking along the side of their building in an off street lot.
Concerns were raised about second-hand smoke, but the only business within 15 feet of the outside patio area is Lehigh Dental and they have no concerns or complaints at this time. Entry to the lounge is restricted to those 21 years of age or older based on current Illinois law.
The proposed operating hours of the Hookah Lounge are Sunday through Thursday 10 am until midnight and Friday and Saturday 10 am until 2 am. The patio area behind the building would close at 10 pm every night.
As with any business, patrons and owners must adhere to the Chicago Environmental Noise Ordinance. Read it here.
The suggested guidelines for businesses with BYOB are available here.
All Hookah bars must apply for a Special Use Permit with the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The hearing for this permit is August 16th at 9:00 am in City Council Chambers. Here is the agenda for the ZBA meeting.
The Hookah Bar is item 414-19-S on the agenda.
Written testimony for the ZBA should be directed to:
Farzin Parang, Chairman
Zoning Board of Appeals
City of Chicago
121 North LaSalle Street Room 905
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Email testimony may be sent to:
Please reference Item 414-19-S on any testimony.