New hub for food startups coming to Grand Boulevard

Gourmet chef cooking in a commercial kitchen
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new hub for food startups is coming to Chicago’s Grand Boulevard neighborhood on the South Side.

The former Department of Streets and Sanitation building in Grand Boulevard on South Wabash Avenue will be converted into commercial cooking facilities and test kitchens.

In a $1 sale, the City of Chicago handed the property, located at 5021 S. Wabash Ave., to developer Urban Equities, which is planning a $4.6 million investment to turn it into Soul City Kitchens.

The facility will rent out spaces to local entrepreneurs serving as an incubator for food-related ventures along 51st Street between State Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

“Chicago remains a global leader in the food innovation space thanks to the talented entrepreneurs who call our city home,” said Mayor Lightfoot, in a statement. “This new hub will allow us to deepen this reputation while giving food entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds an incredible opportunity to grow their businesses right in their own neighborhood.”

Soul City Kitchens will also offer a private dining room and community space for rent.