The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lincoln Common is scheduled for today. It’s the biggest project to hit Lincoln Park since the 1800’s, when the city decided that a couple of dozen thousand dead people could rest more peacefully on land a little farther from the living.
Until a decade ago, this was the location of Children’s Memorial Hospital. Its relocation to Streeterville paved the way for the outdated facility to be demolished and replaced with the mixed-use development we see today.
The project from West Town’s McCaffery and Houston’s Hines includes over 500 apartments, 60 condominiums, 90,000 square feet of retail space, and senior living facilities on six acres in a triangle bounded by West Fullerton Avenue, North Lincoln Avenue, and North Orchard Street.
Of course, “ribbon cutting” doesn’t mean “finished.” Work continues on the condo component called The Orchard. This week concrete is expected to be poured for the building’s third floor. When complete, Orchard homes will run from $1.5 to $3 million.