Construction Update
Old Buildings On The Way Out in Old Town

Last week we told you that sales are now underway at Fifteen Fifty on the Park (1550 North Clark Street), the vintage-inspired building that will cap Clark Street in Old Town.  Just days later, the city issued demolition permits for the buildings that are in the way.

Rendering of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (Courtesy of @properties)

Rendering of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (Courtesy of @properties)

What’s going away is an unremarkable one-story diner, and an even less interesting two-story retail building.  But it’s the first sign that dirt is getting ready to move, so it’s got that going for it.

Fifteen Fifty was designed by SCB for CIM Group, Golub & Company, and Avoda Group.  It will bring 32 oversized condominiums to the edge of Lincoln Park, and save the facade of the adjacent Village Theater.

When the weather improves and you have an itch to let the sun revive your winter-weary skin, pack a sack lunch and sit on the steps of the Children’s Fountain just south of the Chicago History Museum for a nearly front-row seat for the demolition derby.

Location: 1550 North Clark Street, Old Town

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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