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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Historic Uptown Synagogue Going Residential
Oct03

Historic Uptown Synagogue Going Residential

Just one week ago, we mentioned in the article about Saint Boniface Church being turned into residences that the conversion of holy places into housing is an ongoing, and perhaps accelerating, trend in Chicago. Now we have another one to add to the list: The Agudas Achim Synagogue at 5029 North Kenmore Avenue. This isn’t just any abandoned place of worship, though. Its roots go back to the legendary heyday of Maxwell Street, and...

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Historic Near West Dairy Building To Get Condo Tower Addition
Aug01

Historic Near West Dairy Building To Get Condo Tower Addition

For months we’ve watched the East Village Association, the city, MCZ Development, and Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins square dancing over the building at 1938 West Augusta Boulevard. Until recently, the building was a Leona’s Italian restaurant.  Before that, it was a dairy serving the East Ukrainian Village neighborhood.  That building was actually erected around an 1890-ish two-flat, which still largely exists inside...

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A Closer Look at the Uptown TOD Coming to the Wilson Avenue Theater
Jun07

A Closer Look at the Uptown TOD Coming to the Wilson Avenue Theater

Late last month the Chicago Plan Commission approved the redevelopment of the old Wilson Avenue Theater (1050 West Wilson Avenue), a vaudeville playhouse that has seen better times.  The project also includes building a seven-story residential addition on the east side of the old building, currently a surface parking lot. The project by Cedar Street Companies is right across the from the CTA’s Wilson Red Line Station, so it...

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West Town NIMBYs Get a New Target To Sink Their Teeth Into
Jul28

West Town NIMBYs Get a New Target To Sink Their Teeth Into

There’s something about a West Loop NIMBY.  They’re not like the ones in other parts of the city.  They lack the sophistication of a Gold Coast NIMBY, the experience of a Streeterville NIMBY, and the disorganization of a South Loop NIMBY.  But what they lack in those areas they make up for in ferociousness, hyperbole, drama, and batshit foaming-at-the-mouth devotion to their cause. Speaking favorably about a new building...

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