Historic Uptown Synagogue-Turned-Apartments Opens Today
Mar21

Historic Uptown Synagogue-Turned-Apartments Opens Today

A smidge over two years ago we told you that the landmark Agudas Achim Synagogue at 5029 North Kenmore in Uptown was going to be turned into homes. Now the building’s haphak is complete, and people can start to move in. The Synagogue (Courtesy of Cedar Street) As we gushed back in October of 2016: This isn’t just any abandoned place of worship, though. Its roots go back to the legendary heyday of Maxwell Street, and it’s been...

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Something New About to Rise at Saint Dominic’s
Oct21

Something New About to Rise at Saint Dominic’s

For some time we have monitored, chronicled, and lamented the demise of Saint Dominic’s Church at 357 West Locust Street in Cabrini Green.  The historic church was a key brick in the building of today’s Chicago. But like many bricks that get worn over the decades, it was tossed aside and abandoned. Now construction permits have been issued for the new condominium block that will rise on the corner of West Locust and North...

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Saint Dominic’s Church Ready For Last Rites
Aug07

Saint Dominic’s Church Ready For Last Rites

Back in July, our Kevin Mungons received divine dispensation to take one last look at the interior of Saint Dominic’s Church at 357 West Locust Street. The city of Chicago, as you recall, had just issued a demolition permit for the 110-year-old edifice. As sad as Kevin’s photos were, it’s even more disheartening to see this once mighty fortress reduced to the piles of rubble and scrap that now appear at the lot in...

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Awesome and Sad Pictures From the Last Minutes of St. Dominic’s in Cabrini Green
Jul06

Awesome and Sad Pictures From the Last Minutes of St. Dominic’s in Cabrini Green

The city of Chicago is putting the “wreck” in “rectory.”  A demolition permit has just been issued for what the city quaintly calls a “2 story masonry residence.”  We know it as the Saint Dominic’s Church rectory at 357 West Locust Street. The rectory and the church, itself, are being torn town to make way for a low-rise condominium building, part of a flurry of projects redeveloping Cabrini...

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Saint Dominic’s Doesn’t Have a Prayer, Will Be Demolished for Condos
May22

Saint Dominic’s Doesn’t Have a Prayer, Will Be Demolished for Condos

It’s official.  Saint Dominic’s Church is going condo. The church at 357 West Locust Street served the gritty heart of a gritty Chicago at its grittiest point in history.  It fed, clothed, and nurtured the city’s poorest in an era before municipal social services in a slum so wretched it was called “Little Hell.” Little Hell eventually shed that name and became Cabrini Green.  Now real estate developers...

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Plan to Replace Saint Dominic’s Church with Condominiums Revised
Mar31

Plan to Replace Saint Dominic’s Church with Condominiums Revised

We have long, and repeatedly, lamented the demise of Saint Dominic’s Church (357 West Locust Street) in the city’s Cabrini Green neighborhood.  The church was instrumental in taming a part of the city that grew up from the swamps as a lawless district of vice and poverty.  In an area so bad that for generations it was known as “Little Hell,” Saint Dominic’s was an oasis of faith, hope, and charity. Six...

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