Step Into History

By Liz Ahearn | July 8, 2019

Step Into History and Stay Awhile!

I love living in Rogers Park, so it was a natural fit for me to open Picnic in my neighborhood. But exactly where was that perfect space? It all came together when I stepped into the property at 7301 Sheridan Road: A wonderfully light filled space thanks to a glass wall of west facing windows, along with a nod to the past, with its ornate fireplace, classic columns and arched entryways.

I knew that this was the place for Picnic: a time capsule of Chicago a century ago that I could restore, update and relish. The building itself is a historic Beaux-Arts style gem, constructed in 1922 by famed Architect/Developer Benjamin Marshall, the same architect of such Chicago icons as the Drake and Blackstone Hotels.

For the first 20 years, it was also a hotel: The Sheridan Road Hotel, while throughout the decades, the space has had many lives as a Kosher living residence, assisted living residence and now, a property of apartments for lease. Picnic is part of the original lobby and it shows, with attention to historic detail that I have now highlighted with coppery color. You can’t miss the classic Benjamin Marshall elegance and I hope you can’t stay long enough to enjoy it all.

So, stop by Picnic, step into history and stay awhile!