Construction Update
Old River North Firehouse

228 West Illinois StreetIf you live, work, or wander around River North long enough, you will eventually run across the old firehouse at 228 West Illinois Street.

For years it was something of a sad building.  Businesses came and went, but none seemed to be able to breathe permanent life into the former home of Chicago’s Bravest.

Then along came Mr. Jones.

The Jones is the name of the skyscraper designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and under construction next door.  It is replacing a surface parking lot with 188 apartments and 1,500 square feet of retail space in a 25-story tower. As part of the deal with the city for a little extra height, the developers of The Jones promised to fix up the old firehouse next door.

Our Daniel Schell checked out the progress the other day, and… it looks pretty much the same as it did before construction of the neighboring skyscraper started. But looks can be deceiving.  A check of city records shows permits were issued about a year ago to remodel the building for “small assembly use.”  More recently, permits were issued to install an elevator.

So, work is being done.  But right now it’s on the inside.

Location: 228 West Illinois Street, River North

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