Mayor’s Invest South/West Program May Save An Art Moderne Bank Building
Aug29

Mayor’s Invest South/West Program May Save An Art Moderne Bank Building

We’re starting to see the first signs of something more than press releases coming out of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West program to revitalize chronically overlooked portions of the city. One of those signs is a proposal to redevelop the old Laramie State Bank building on Chicago Avenue in the city’s Austin neighborhood. August 2020 rendering of 5200 West Chicago (Via the Chicago Department of Planning and...

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Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing
Jun24

Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing

The closed Sears store at North and Harlem in Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood is the latest to be turned into housing by a New York investment group. Seritage is a company that was spun off from Sears four years ago specifically to slurp up dead Sears stores and transform them into “revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations.” Seritage’s web site states that the company has 206...

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Ravinia’s Door to Naughtiness
Jun06

Ravinia’s Door to Naughtiness

We’ve been to the Ravinia section of Highland Park a number of times over the last ten years, mostly by train.  So the Ravinia Metra station (510 Roger Williams Avenue) is a familiar sight. Many people already know that the Frost and Granger-designed building from 1889 is the oldest Metra station on Metra’s northern lines.  Some might even know that it wasn’t always where it is now — it was move back from the...

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