Chicago pizza joint leases in LoHi

Happy Camper signed a lease at 3211 Pecos St in March and is hoping to open at this renovated gas station in early 2019. Photo by Brendan Pedersen

Happy Camper, a  bar and pizza restaurant from Chicago, is staking out a spot across from Avanti F&B in LoHi.

Located at 3211 Pecos St, one of Happy Camper’s first ventures outside of Illinois will open inside a building that housed a Sinclair gas station for 40 years. The spot was previously a restaurant called Stones, which closed in September.

“Stones never quite hit the mark or adapted to the neighborhood’s whims,” said Drew MacDonald, a Keller Williams broker who represented the property owner.

In Chicago, co-owners Josh Iachelli and Clay Hamilton operate two pizza restaurants with at least one more on the way: Happy Camper in the city’s Old Town neighborhood, Homeslice on the north side, and a new spot in the works named Trailer Park Queen to the west.

Happy Camper could not be reached for comment.

Dubbed a “boozy playground” by Chicago magazine, Happy Camper and its sister restaurants are known locally for their pizza, cocktails and part-rustic, part-neon interior design.

With a few final city permits pending, including one to build a deck on the restaurant’s upper level, MacDonald said Happy Camper could open for business as early as January.

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