One Final Look Inside Noble Square’s Saint Boniface Church
Aug01

One Final Look Inside Noble Square’s Saint Boniface Church

For close to a decade we’ve been telling you about the saga of Saint Boniface Church in Noble Square.  Completed in 1904, shuttered in 1990, since then it’s watched both its convent and school fall to the wrecking ball. Over the years, there has been lots of talk about turning the building into something more than it currently is, and in the last few years that notion gained steam with Stas Development’s plan to turn...

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Saint Boniface Church About to be Transubstantiated Into Condos
Dec19

Saint Boniface Church About to be Transubstantiated Into Condos

It’s with no small tug of sadness that we watch so many of Chicago’s historic churches shut down, their buildings transformed from cornerstones of the community into abandoned objects of fascination. Some like Saint Dominic’s in Cabrini Green meet with a wrecking ball and are erased from the cityscape.  But others are luckier, in some measure.  They get repurposed. Such is the case for Saint Boniface Church at 1358...

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16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division
Sep26

16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division

One of the more interesting neighborhood transformations to watch over the last decade has been Noble Square.  The on-again, off-again gentrification has finally started to really take hold, and it’s exciting to sit in the weird little back room at the Starbucks on Division and watch the parade of new residents come through. One of the more successful developments has been 1624 West Division Street, just a few dozen feet over...

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Add St. Boniface to the List of Chicago Holy Places Going Condo
Sep25

Add St. Boniface to the List of Chicago Holy Places Going Condo

Hardly a month goes by that plans don’t surface for one, two, or even three of Chicago’s shuttered churches or synagogues to be converted into new condos or apartments.  The latest name to add to the list: Saint Boniface at 1348 West Chestnut Street in Noble Square. It was a close call, too.  Preservation groups raised the alarm way back in 2002 that the church, with its pairs of towers facing south and west, would meet...

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1545 West North Breaks Ground in Noble Square
Nov12

1545 West North Breaks Ground in Noble Square

We don’t get up to the Noble Square neighborhood as often as we should, so it’s nice to be able to bring you a little news from there. Ground has been broken on a new 30-unit apartment building at 1545 West North Avenue.  If you’re having trouble visualizing the location, it’s the vacant lot between Ashland Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway. Even though the location is Noble Square, the developer is promoting...

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Slice of Life: The Air Up Here
Jun14

Slice of Life: The Air Up Here

The view of Chicago’s downtown skyline from atop the dinky Ferris wheel at the Taste of St. Stan’s Carnival at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Noble Square neighborhood. This article is the result of photos sent in by people just like you.  E-mail your pics to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info....

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