CHICAGO (CBS) — A north suburban resort once frequented by Al Capone has not yet found a buyer, after nearly four years of efforts to sell the 130-year-old building, and that has preservationists concerned about the historic hotel’s fate.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports the Mineola Lounge and Marina, located on Fox Lake, has been a feature in the Chain O’Lakes area since 1884.
The resort is the largest wood-frame building in Illinois, but 3 ½ years after he put it on the market, owner Pete Jakstas said he still can’t find a buyer.
“The economy has just been so slow, that there’s not much going on,” he said.
Jakstas claimed he wouldn’t have to try to sell the hotel in the first place if the village of Fox Lake hadn’t forced him to close shop, calling the building unsafe.
“I’ve got structural engineers that say different. The village spent…
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