Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex
Jun21

Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex

You know what makes older architecture look nice?  Adding shiny new architecture right next to it.  That’s what’s happening in Bronzeville, at the Prairie Shores apartment complex, where a Gensler-designed pavilion will soon snuggle between two buildings of the five-building property. June, 2021 rendering of the Prairie Shores clubhouse. (Courtesy of Gensler.) The glassy “clubhouse” is being added between 2901...

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Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion
Apr25

Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion

125 years ago, The Forum opened in Bronzeville. For three quarters of a century, it served as a focal point of the community, hosting events, dances, rallies, and almost every other function where people come together as a community. In the 1970’s, it closed and by 2018 was on the list of Illinois Most Endangered Buildings. It seemed like the only social function in The Forum’s future was a date with a wrecking ball. The...

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Michael Reese Site Plan Heads to Commission
Feb15

Michael Reese Site Plan Heads to Commission

Plans to transform the former site of Michael Reese Hospital into a bustling mixed-use medical hub go to the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday (February 18, 2021).  February 2021 Rendering of the ARC Innovation Center and Bronzeville Welcoming Center It’s been more than a decade since the Bronzeville hospital complex was torn down, and a number of plans have been floated for having it support everything from the Olympic games...

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In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site
Oct13

In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site

Tomorrow there will be a public meeting to reveal the latest vision for the Michael Reese Hospital site on the Bronzeville lakefront. The hospital was torn down a decade ago, and has been the object of many desires over the years, from an Olympic village to an urban casino. The current plan is to put up a several billion dollar medical research village, and has the backing of a big name Israeli medical concern. October 2020 rendering...

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South Side Civil Rights Landmark Makes National List of Most Endangered Places
Sep27

South Side Civil Rights Landmark Makes National List of Most Endangered Places

The South Side church where the 1955 funeral and visitation for Emmett Till was held has been named to a list of the most endangered places in America. Roberts Temple (via Apple Maps) The National Trust for Historic Preservation puts out a new list each year, highlighting the places that shaped the nation that are also in danger of disappearing. This year’s list has locations from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and includes the Roberts...

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$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site
May11

$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site

A decade after the City of Chicago bought the Bronzeville space that  used to be Michael Reese Hospital, a plan has been put together to turn it into something useful. May 2020 rendering of the former Michael Reese Hospital site redevelopment. The last time someone took a serious whack at repopulating this fallow field was when Mayor Richard M. Daley thought it would make a swell location for the athlete’s village of the 2016...

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Century-Old Bronzeville Church Likely to be Landmarked
Jan13

Century-Old Bronzeville Church Likely to be Landmarked

In an era when so many of Chicago’s holy places are being abandoned, repurposed, or even demolished, it’s good to see a building that has been a cornerstone of its community on the road to preservation.  The Chicago Landmarks Commission has approved landmark designation for the building that is now Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church.   Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist church (via Apple Maps) The building opened in March...

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Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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A Bronzeville Civil Rights Landmark on the Road to Renovation
Nov19

A Bronzeville Civil Rights Landmark on the Road to Renovation

A historic South Side church has been selected for a renovation grant. Bright Star Church was one of 178 organizations that applied for funding from the National Fund for Sacred Places, and one of only 14 that were selected. Bright Star is headquartered on East 44th Street, but holds services at  Roberts Temple, a city landmark at 4021 South State Street. You may not know the name, but you know the place if you have an interest in the...

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First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go
Jun05

First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go

The City of Chicago has taken the first baby steps forward in its effort to transform the former Michael Reese Hospital site into something more than a scar on the lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement late last week with a roll-call list of companies that will be in charge of the project, including… Farpoint Development Draper & Kramer Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives McLaurin Development Partners Bronzeville...

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