If you spent the last few nights watching Chicago police squadrolls crawling around your downtown neighborhood with lights, sirens, and megaphones blaring, you might be thinking it’s time to move to a neighborhood that’s a little less top-of-mind with the crowbar discount set. How about sunny Ravenswood? That’s where Ravenswood Spy Joel shot these photographs of the repurposing of the deceased Sears store at 1900 West Lawrence Avenue.
The once-charming department store was built in 1925 — back when Sears was such a retail powerhouse that you could order long underwear, a combine harvester, and a new house on one easy mail order form. Try that with Amazon Prime.
Sears bailed on the building half a decade ago, as the company withered and died in an agonizingly slow desiccation. As you can see from Joel’s pictures, the building is well on its way to coming back to life as 59 new homes above 35,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The third floor was extended to run the length of the building, and a fourth floor was added on top.
The $18 million transformation is being honchoed by Summit Design + Build for Springbank Capital Advisors. It’s expected to be finished later this year.