It is a requirement of the City of Chicago that a building permit be displayed in plain view on every active construction site. You may have to walk the entire perimeter of a project, but you’ll see it eventually. It’s often posted on the fencing, though there are sometimes bulletin board-type setups with permits, safety information, etc.
The permit shown in the photo above is for a development at 373 North Morgan Street, in the Meat Packing District of West Town. As you can see, a warehouse is to be built, with 44 dwelling units over top of said warehouse. A bit of an unusual project, but not unheard of. Now, you may consider it a tad more unusual that we’re showing you a permit from June 20th of 2000, but since this is a Throwback Thursday discussion, that should have been expected.
However, here’s the part that really is unusual; this permit is STILL ON SITE. Of course, it’s not posted on the site of a newish-looking warehouse with 44 residential units above. Nope. It’s on a site that remains pretty much empty. 15+ years later. We spotted some work being done here last fall, and thought the wheels were finally in motion. But nope. No new permits could be found, and crews were gone just as quickly as they appeared.