The annual LISC Chicago’s Neighborhood Development Awards were recently handed out at ceremonies at McCormick Place. The awards honor “the top real estate development and architectural design projects in the city’s neighborhoods.”
It’s a good way to catch up on what’s been going on in the city’s outer neighborhoods, since so much media coverage of real estate development in the city is primarily focused on downtown (guilty!) for economic reasons.
For a complete list of the 2017 winners, follow this link. Here are a few highlights that caught our eye:
Wheeler Kearns Architects‘ Lakeview Pantry
When was the last time you saw something as humble as a brick two-story pantry on the cover of a glossy design magazine at Barnes & Noble? In this case, Wheeler Kearns’ work was good enough to win the first place award in the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.
Landon Bone Baker Architects‘ Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town
This is the new face of Cabrini Green. And even though its residents are of all income levels (as is the new mandate for public housing), it is just as inviting and welcoming to the dot-com hipster as the single mother getting back on her feet. It shows that housing on a budget doesn’t have to look or feel cheap, utilitarian, or boring. That’s why it received third place in the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.
DL3 Realty’s Englewood Square
Not very long ago, the notion of opening a Whole Foods, a Starbucks, and a Chipotle in Englewood would have seemed laughable. But DL3 Realty was able to see beyond the negative headlines and realize that there is more to Englewood than the mayhem that spills out of the local TV news. It saw over 2,000 households that made over $50,000 a year, and $127 million per year that was leaving the already struggling neighborhood because of a lack of quality shopping options. Numbers and vision came together in this retail complex that is an island of hope in what seems to outsiders to be a lost neighborhood. And that’s why it got the Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award.