Lodge Management Group was founded by F. Owen McKeaney in 1971. F. Owen McKeaney helped to make the Division Street block between State and Dearborn an iconic nightlife destination when he bought his first venue, The Lodge Tavern, in 1970. His business flourished with the rise of singles bars, and the increasing array of nightlife venues along the strip became known as “Rush and Division.” When F. Owen McKeaney passed away in 2001, his wife, Lyn Z. McKeaney took over LMG and has successfully contributed to her husband’s legacy in maintaining and growing the business. In addition to operating eight bars and eateries across the city, Lodge Management Group produces Chicago WingFest, one of the city’s biggest food festivals since 1999.
The company’s president and CEO is Lyn Z. McKeaney, a smart and sophisticated woman who is among the softest of soft touches for any charitable or neighborhood organization that wants to use her facilities for fundraisers and special events. The locally-owned and family-operated company has been community driven from the very beginning. The McKeaney family and LMG are deeply committed to maintaining the safety and beautification of the neighborhood, and utilizes their own resources to keep the streets clean while providing support for various community organizations.
Lodge Management Group has proudly supported the neighborhood and community for decades. LMG is a member of the Division Street Merchants Association, North Dearborn Association, the Gold Coast Neighbors Association, the Magnificent Mile Association, and the Illinois Restaurant Association. They also regularly contribute financial support to numerous charities to include the Jesse White Foundation, the Jesse White Tumblers, Misericordia, PAWS, Mercy Home, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Chicago Neighbors United, Variety, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Imerman Angels, the Irish Fellowship Club, Women’s Service Club, After School Matters, Picking Me Foundation and many more. Lyn McKeaney also serves on the Board of Directors for The Magnificent Mile Association, the Irish Fellowship Club, Alderman Brian Hopkins’ Business Advisory Council, and the North Dearborn Association.