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LOSS: Blommer Chocolate Company Factory to Close After 85 Years

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"Blommer Chocolate Co. will close its factory in the heart of Chicago at the end of May due to increasing costs of running the aging facility at 600 W. Kinzie St., the company announced Friday. "'The location and age of the Chicago facility coupled with increasing repair and maintenance of...

LOSS: Ruby Dry Cleaning Building at 2801 W. Montrose to be Demolished

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"Crews will begin tearing down the Ruby Dry Cleaners buildings in Irving Park this spring to make room for a new four-story apartment building with a first-floor day care. "Tiny Giants Early Learning Center owners Farah and Amir Essa closed on their $2.6 million purchase of the 2801 W. Montrose...

LOSS: Wing Hoe Restaurant in Former Edgewater Mansion Demolished

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"The Wing Hoe restaurant building was torn down this week because the to-be-developed site had turned into a 'hazard' following a fire last year, according to Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth (48th). "City crews demolished the building at 5356 N. Sheridan Road at the request of Manaa-Hoppenworth, who said on social media...

LOSS: Continental Can Company Building Demolished (Chicago 7 2020, 2021 & 2023)

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"The Continental Can Co. building at 3815 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, is due for demolition soon to make way for a new cold-storage warehouse from Karis: a $30 million project that would bring a much-needed food storage facility close to downtown, said Vice President Ken Verne at a presentation...

LOSS: 720 N. Wells and 207 W. Superior Demolished

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  "Preservationists are seeking an eleventh-hour reprieve for a historic 152-year-old River North building facing imminent demolition. "The three-and-a-half story brick and cast-iron building at 720 N. Wells St., which rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire with the seventh permit issued during the city’s rebuilding, is set to...

LOSS: Blommer Chocolate Company Factory to Close After 85 Years

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"Blommer Chocolate Co. will close its factory in the heart of Chicago at the end of May due to increasing costs of running the aging facility at 600 W. Kinzie St., the company announced Friday. "'The location and age of the Chicago facility coupled with increasing repair and maintenance of...

LOSS: 1530 W. Touhy Avenue House Demolished by St. George Cathedral Despite Community Rejection of Parking Lot Proposal

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"A Rogers Park church demolished a single-family home this week after neighbors rallied to reject the congregation’s proposal to replace the house with a parking lot. "St. George’s Cathedral, also known as Mar Gewargis Cathedral, demolished the house at 1530 W. Touhy Ave. Tuesday following failed efforts to expand its...

LOSS: Candy Department Closed in Marshall Field’s Building on State Street

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"Macy’s on State Street closed its decades-old basement candy counter last week. But the department store will continue selling sweets, including Frango chocolates, the beloved holdover from the Marshall Field’s days. "For decades, customers would come to Marshall Field’s and then later Macy’s to visit the candy store to buy...

LOSS: 1317 West Wrightwood Avenue Demolished for New Construction

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"Magnificent one of a kind Victorian masterpiece on extra wide 33' landscaped lot offers perfect blend of Italianate design and contemporary design/upgrades. Luxurious interior features include designer kitchen/18' ceilings, 3 beds/2 baths up and potential 30 x 19 bed/bath suite/3rd floor. New zoned heating/AC (2) and upgraded electrical/plumbing plus...

LOSS: Hofsten House at 5545 S. Woodlawn Avenue Demolished

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Neighbors decry demolition of historic Woodlawn Avenue home, Zoe Pharo, Hyde Park Herald, 5/26/23 Say goodbye to a Hyde Park house that's layered with history, Dennis Rodkin, Crain's Chicago Business, 5/25/23

LOSS: Meitus House Demolished for Land Banking

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What's the plan for this South Shore site after the demolition of a historic home? Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 10/12/23 This South Shore house has survived two demolition plans and may beat a third, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/18/23 

LOSS: After Questionable Thanksgiving Fire, 5356 N. Sheridan / Former Wing Hoe Restaurant Demolished for New Construction

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https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/12/12/edgewaters-wing-hoe-restaurant-damaged-in-fire-will-be-replaced-by-50-apartments/

LOSS: Despite Widespread Community Opposition and Press Coverage, 2240 N. Burling Demolished for Side Yard

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Demolition of historic Lincoln Park home underway after lost preservation fight, Brian J. Rogal, Chicago Tribune, 4/25/23 152-Year-Old Lincoln Park Home Demolished After Fight To Preserve It: ‘Piece Of Chicago History Is Now Gone’; "We lost a cornerstone of the neighborhood that all this has grown on top...

LOSS: After 17 Years of Neglect, GSA Pursues Emergency Demolition of 212 S. State, Located Between Century and Consumers Buildings (Chicago 7 2011, 2013, 2022 & 2023)

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Feds begin demolition of three-story State Street building between historic skyscrapers that could be next, Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 4/19/23 State Street sidewalk closed at Adams; feds cite pedestrian danger at buildings it wants to raze; Fences were erected days after Preservation Chicago put the buildings at 202...

PARTIAL LOSS: Dome and Interior of Second Church of Christ Scientist Demolished, But Facade Will Be Incorporated into New Construction (Chicago 7 2019)

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2700 N. Pine Grove scores permit; The new construction will keep three historic facades, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 6/21/23

LOSS: After Questionable Thanksgiving Fire, 5356 N. Sheridan / Former Wing Hoe Restaurant Demolished for New Construction

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"The long-delayed redevelopment of the Wing Hoe site will begin next month, years after the restaurant closed to make way for apartments. "Wing Hoe Restaurant at 5356 N. Sheridan Road will be demolished next month, three years after the beloved restaurant closed and two months after a fire damaged the...

POSSIBLE LOSS: Historic Swift Mansion Suffers Extensive Upper Floor Damage after Suspected Arson

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""Two tenants of the Swift Mansion say they and seven neighbors had been embroiled in an eviction dispute in the days before a massive fire swept through the historic building, prompting an arson investigation. "The fire broke out Sunday morning and tore through the roof of the granite, castle-like, Richardsonian...

LOSS: Meitus House Demolished to Reduce Land Banking Costs

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"After outlasting three proposals to replace it, a historical house on a prime site in South Shore has been demolished along with its latter-day neighbor, but there doesn’t seem to be any plan to build something new on the site. "Because the property, at 6740 S. South Shore Drive, is...

PARTIAL LOSS: Dome and Interior of Second Church of Christ Scientist Demolished, But Facade Will Be Incorporated into New Construction (Chicago 7 2019)

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Preservation Chicago has long been advocating to save the Second Church of Christ Scientist and it was a 2019 Chicago 7 Most Endangered. Second Church of Christ was designed by Solon S. Beman in 1901. By any measure, it should have been protected by a Chicago Landmark designation. In 2020,...

LOSS: Meitus House Demolished to Reduce Land Banking Costs

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"After outlasting three proposals to replace it, a historical house on a prime site in South Shore has been demolished along with its latter-day neighbor, but there doesn’t seem to be any plan to build something new on the site. "Because the property, at 6740 S. South Shore Drive, is...

PARTIAL LOSS: Dome and Interior of Second Church of Christ Scientist Demolished, But Facade Will Be Saved (Chicago 7 2019)

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Preservation Chicago has long been advocating to save the Second Church of Christ Scientist and it was a 2019 Chicago 7 Most Endangered. Second Church of Christ was designed by Solon S. Beman in 1901. By any measure, it should have been protected by a Chicago Landmark designation. In 2020,...

PARTIAL LOSS: Dome and Interior of Second Church of Christ Scientist Demolished, But Facade Will Be Saved (Chicago 7 2019)

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Preservation Chicago has long been advocating to save the Second Church of Christ Scientist and it was a 2019 Chicago 7 Most Endangered. Second Church of Christ was designed by Solon S. Beman in 1901. By any measure, it should have been protected by a Chicago Landmark designation. In 2020,...

LOSS: Demolition Permit issued for 3262 N. Clark

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"A demolition permit has been issued at 3262 N. Clark. Located midblock along N. Clark St, the narrow site is just south of W. School St and is occupied by an old red brick building that stands three stories. Gold Lion Ventures is the developer behind the project. "Designed by...

LOSS: Hofsten House at 5545 S. Woodlawn Avenue Demolished

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"A second home built in the 1890s on the 5500 block of South Woodlawn Avenue is slated for demolition, leading neighbors to push again for the protection of a strip of historic Hyde Park homes. "Predating Hyde Park’s annexation into Chicago, the block was built out during the early days...

LOSS: Despite Widespread Community Opposition and Press Coverage, 2240 N. Burling Demolished for Side Yard

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"A local real estate titan received a permit from the city’s Department of Buildings to wreck and remove a historic Lincoln Park home built soon after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, ending a monthslong effort by preservationists to save it. "Thaddeus Wong, the Co-CEO of @properties | Christie’s International...

LOSS: After 17 Years of Neglect, GSA Pursues Emergency Demolition of 212 S. State, Located Between Century and Consumers Buildings (Chicago 7 2011, 2013, 2022 & 2023)

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"The Feds began tearing down a vacant three-story building on South State Street this week, but preservationists may have stayed the demolition of adjacent, century-old skyscrapers that were next on the list — at least for now. "Sandwiched between the historic Century and Consumers buildings, which were granted preliminary landmark...

LOSS: After 17 Years of Neglect, GSA Pursues Emergency Demolition of 212 S. State, Located Between Century and Consumers Buildings (Chicago 7 2011, 2013, 2022 & 2023)

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"The Feds began tearing down a vacant three-story building on South State Street this week, but preservationists may have stayed the demolition of adjacent, century-old skyscrapers that were next on the list — at least for now. "Sandwiched between the historic Century and Consumers buildings, which were granted preliminary landmark...

LOSS: Maloney Funeral Home, One of Chicago’s Oldest, Demolished for New Construction

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Edgewater’s Maloney Funeral Home Closes After 125 Years; Building To Be Replaced With Apartments John E. Maloney Funeral Home opened in 1897 but closed its Devon Avenue location this summer. The nearly 90-year-old building it occupied is being demolished for a development, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 10/20/22

LOSS: Dinkel’s Bakery Closes After 100 Years In Business and Beloved Dinkel’s Sign Sold For $6k to Unknown Buyer

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Neon Dinkel’s Sign Being Auctioned Off After Century-Old Bakery’s Closure; The vertical neon Dinkel's sign was listed on an auction website with a starting bid of $5,000. The famous bakery closed April 30 after more than 100 years in business, Jake Wittich, Block Club Chicago, 5/23/22 Dinkel’s Bakery Is Closing...

OPPORTUNITY LOST: After McPier’s Veto, Lakeside Center is Passed Over for Chicago Casino (Chicago 7 2016 & 2021)

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Op-ed: Turning McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center into a casino would be a win for Chicago, Ward Miller / Preservation Chicago, Chicago Tribune, 1/3/22 Casino or not, city has big decisions to make regarding Lakeside Center; While the future of Soldier Field takes up a lot of oxygen in Chicago’s political...

LOSS: Loss of Chicago’s two-, three- and four-flats Reduces Affordable Housing

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Chicago’s two-, three- and four-flats are a key source of affordable housing. The pandemic might be changing that, Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 3/5/22

LOSS: John Ramcke House at 2028 N. Seminary Demolished for a Side Yard

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Should the wealthy be allowed to demolish real estate to create their own open space? Cities should be getting denser and more diverse, not demolishing their housing stock so that the rich can have larger yards, Emily Talen, Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed, 12/21/21 Homeowner’s yen for a yard revives debate in...

LOSS: A Few Months Before Adaptive Reuse as Pool Hall, Smashy Garage Demolished After Fire

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After Tragic Fire, Facade Elements at 5006 N Clark Potentially Saved for Reuse, Uptown Update, 4/26/22

LOSS: Ornate Reebie Company Warehouse Building Façade Demolished

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CDC approves $10 million in TIF for Timeline Theatre; A new theatre will be built at 5033 N. Broadway, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 5/17/22 TimeLine Theatre Pitches Plans To Move From Lakeview To Uptown, Renovate Warehouse Into Arts Center, The plan to move to a bigger space in Uptown and...

LOSS: Antioch Missionary Baptist Demolished Following Massive Good Friday Fire

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'We need to find an alternative': Preservation Chicago wants city to do more to protect historic structures from fires, Steven Graves, CBS 2 Chicago, 5/12/22 Sun-Times Editorial: Bad times at Antioch Baptist: A roofer’s torch claims another landmark Chicago church; The city must take a closer look at the use,...

LOSS: Demolition Underway For 4155 S. Packers Industrial Building

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Demolition Permits Issued For 4155 S Packers Avenue In New City, Bee Ricketts, Chicago Yimby, 5/11/22

LOSS: Cassidy Tire / Tyler & Hippach Mirror Company Factory Demolished (Chicago 7 2021)

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Wm. J. Cassidy Tire Building / Tyler & Hippach Mirror Company Factory: West Loop Industrial Lofts, a Preservation Chicago 2021 Most Endangered

LOSS: Maloney Funeral Home, One of Chicago’s Oldest, Demolished for New Construction

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"One of Chicago’s oldest funeral homes has closed and is set to be demolished as its longtime Devon Avenue home is redeveloped.. "John E. Maloney Funeral Home, 1359 W. Devon Ave., closed this summer after 125 years. The funeral home on Devon Avenue is being demolished this week, set to...

LOSS: Brick 2-Flat at 3440 N. Avers Avenue in Avondale Demolished

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"A permit was issued late last week to remove a two-story residence along with a detached frame garage, located at 3440 N Avers Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood. The permit’s owner has been listed as 2315 N Kenneth LLC. "All Concrete Chicago Inc is serving as the demolition contractor. No...

LOSS: After 49 Years, Beloved Lincoln Park Cycle Smithy To Close In September

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"Cycle Smithy has been helping Chicagoans find the perfect bike for 49 years — but the shop will close in September. "Owner Mark Mattei, 71, said it’s time for him to retire. He’ll let the lease run out on the business, 2468 1/2 N. Clark St. In the meantime, everything’s...

LOSS: Beloved Dinkel’s Sign Sold For $6k to Unknown Buyer

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"The neon Dinkel’s sign that hung outside the century-old bakery, which closed for good last month, is being auctioned off. "The vertical neon sign was listed on AuctionZip with a starting bid of $5,000, according to its posting. Currently with no bids, the auction is set to close at noon...

LOSS: Antioch Missionary Baptist Demolished Following Massive Good Friday Fire

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Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1890, Bell and Swift, 6248 S. Stewart Ave. Photo Credit: Adam L. Stanley Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Englewood, gutted by a large fire on Good Friday, still stands on April 19, 2022. Built 1890, Bell and Swift, 6248 S. Stewart Ave. Photo Credit: Colin Boyle...

LOSS: ‘Spotlight on Demolition’ May 2022

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4155 S. Packers Avenue, Stockyards Roy Boyd Gallery, 739 N. Wells St., River North 1757 W. Superior Street, West Town 2834 S. Normal Avenue, Bridgeport 4301 S. State Street, Bronzeville 5254 N. Wayne Ave, Lakewood-Balmoral 2913 W. Belmont Avenue, Avondale 8624 S. Hermitage Avenue, Auburn Gresham 2126 W. Giddings...

LOSS: Ornate Reebie Company Warehouse Building Façade To Be Demolished

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"The Community Development Commission has approved $10 million in TIF funding for Timeline Theatre. Currently located in a church building in Lakeview East, the company is looking to build a new theater in an existing warehouse building at 5033 N. Broadway in Uptown. Located just north of W. Argyle...

LOSS: Demolition Underway For 4155 S. Packers Industrial Building

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"A demolition permit has been issued for the removal of an eight-story masonry building located at 4155 S Packers Avenue in the New City neighborhood. The permit’s owner has been listed as JEHM Financial LLC. "Taylor Excavating and Construction is serving as the demolition contractor on this project. There is...