Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark
Jun10

Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark

Chicago’s Landmarks Commission has approved a plan to make the former Lyman Trumbull school building in Andersonville the city’s newest landmark. The building on the northwest corner of Ashland and Foster was designed by Dwight H. Perkins (once of Burnham & Root), and built in 1909. Lyman Trumbull school building (Via Apple Maps) A report for the Landmarks Commission describes the building thusly: Trumbull is regarded...

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Swedish Water Tower Soon to Return to Andersonville
Jul25

Swedish Water Tower Soon to Return to Andersonville

A neighborhood icon will soon return to Chicago’s north side. Edgeville Buzz reports that the replacement for Andersonville’s missing Swedish flag water tower will be put in place in the next few weeks.  Cranes have already been seen on location hoisting blue steel onto the roof of the Swedish American Museum to build the tower that will hold the building’s new water tank. You may remember the old one had to be...

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Trumbull Must Trundle Along Another Timeline
Sep27

Trumbull Must Trundle Along Another Timeline

This past July we were delighted to bring you the news that a shuttered Chicago Public School was getting ready to begin a second chapter in its life.  Dwight Perkins‘, Trumbull Elementary School at 5200 North Ashland Avenue in Andersonville was going to be redeveloped into residences and a performing arts space for The Timeline Theater. Now, part of that plan is out the window. After much hard work buy all parties involved, it...

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Another Former Chicago Public School Closer to Starting a New Life
Jul18

Another Former Chicago Public School Closer to Starting a New Life

Three years after the last school bell rang, Lyman Trumbull Elementary School at 5200 North Ashland Avenue in Andersonville is a step closer to opening its doors once again. The city’s zoning board has approved a proposal to turn the century-old building into dozens of new residences and a community theater.  The Timeline Theater would occupy the ground floor of the 1909 building, and 49 condominiums would be carved out of the...

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Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark
Jun10

Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark

Remember that horrible winter a few years ago?  The one when it was so snowy that Lake Shore Drive froze over, Tom Skilling taught us the word “Polar Vortex,” and thousands of people were convinced to U-Haul it to warmer states?  That was also the winter when Chicago water towers started freezing, including the beloved Swedish flag water tower that used to preside over Andersonville. The Andersonville 87-year-old water...

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Slice of Life: Swedish Fishing in Andersonville
Aug24

Slice of Life: Swedish Fishing in Andersonville

As different immigrant groups assimilate and disperse, their traditional Chicago neighborhoods tend to lose their ethnic character.  Andersonville is one of those places that’s still holding on to some of its heritage. This scene on Clark Street shows the Swedish-American Museum, an Ann Sather restaurant, and a water tower painted with the Swedish flag.  It was taken from in front of a Swedish deli. If you don’t get up to...

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