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THREATENED: New Construction to Replace Former Holy Angels School at 545 E. Oakwood

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"The Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a series of variations for the residential development planned at 545 E. Oakwood. With Eagle OZB II LP serving as the developer, the project site is located at the southeast corner of E. Oakwood Blvd and S. Vincennes Ave. Currently occupied by...

THREATENED: Midway Plaisance Greenspace to be Counted as “Replacement” Greenspace (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"The Obama Foundation announced Wednesday a $4 million donation to the Chicago Park District, earmarked for construction of an inclusive, adaptable playground at the east end of Midway Plaisance, directly across from the Obama Presidential Center currently under construction in adjacent Jackson Park. "The playground — a first of its...

THREATENED: Community Urges Protection of South Shore Nature Sanctuary (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"South of downtown Chicago—about 8.6 miles—is a vast, undeveloped area that sits along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There, benches and firepits and silence are all-encompassing. Local birders walk along a boardwalk, binoculars close to their faces, while others wander around the space’s lagoons. A mile further south is Rainbow...

THREATENED: Ann Sather and Belmont Army Buildings Targeted for Demolition

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"The Lakeview building housing Belmont Army Vintage and Ann Sather could be redeveloped into 11 stories of apartments under a new proposal. "Mavrek Development wants to redevelop the building at 925 W. Belmont Ave. into a 210-apartment building with ground-floor storefronts and a sleek, glass facade. "The proposal includes 10,000 square...

THREATENED: Future Unclear for Monument With a Standing Beast After Removal From Thompson Center Plaza

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"When Rolf Achilles, an art historian and a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, walked by the Loop’s James R. Thompson Center Thursday, he said he felt a profound sadness. Blue fencing surrounded the building’s courtyard as construction crews prepared to remove the iconic Chicago...

THREATENED: Engineering Study Confirms Promontory Point Limestone Needs Repair, Not Replacement (Chicago 7 2022)

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"For years, members of the Promontory Park Conservancy have been locked in a battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the fate of the Point’s historic limestone stair-step revetment on Lake Michigan. "The Corps has claimed the existing structures no longer protect against storms, flooding and erosion, and...

THREATENED: Chicago 7 Nomination Amplifies Effort to Save All of Mankind Murals (Chicago 7 2024)

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"Former Cabrini-Green residents, and lifelong friends, Marques “MeRk” Elliston and Dr. Cher’Don Reynolds, are spearheading a mission to revitalize, reclaim, and preserve the building most recently known as the Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church. "The vision for the hopefully soon-to-be Cabrini Art House is to change the vacant building into...

THREATENED: Loyola University Plans Demolition of 1234 W. Loyola Ave. for Vacant Lot

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"If you stand in front of the flatiron-style building at 1226-1234 W. Loyola—home to 30 apartments and a trio of businesses on the ground floor—you’re surrounded by vacant lots. Across the street from that building is a vast, unpaved expanse used for parking by Loyola University that’s chained off...

THREATENED: Demolition Permit Released for Continental Can Company Building (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...

THREATENED: Ogden-Keeler Industrial Buildings Highly Endangered by Distribution Warehouse (Chicago 7 2024)

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"The Chicago Plan Commission will vote Thursday on whether to approve the demolition of several century-old Southwest Side warehouses considered significant by historic preservationists, and replace them with a single, $44 million modern distribution facility. "The properties, located between Pulaski Road and Keeler Avenue along West Ogden Avenue on the...

THREATENED: DePaul Pushes forward with Plans to Demolish Sheffield-Belden Group (Chicago 7 2024)

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"DePaul University is moving forward with efforts to demolish century-old homes to make way for a new sports facility, but it has added to its plans to appease preservation-minded neighbors. "While its plan calls for razing four 19th-century rowhouses, DePaul is now committing to preserving three other historical buildings on...

THREATENED: Final Days for 720 N. Wells and 207 W. Superior

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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...

THREATENED: The Complicated Saga of the Century and Consumers Buildings (Chicago 7 2011, 2013, 2022, 2023, 2024)

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"Chicago’s State Street houses a number of America’s earliest and most historic skyscrapers. These skyscrapers, recognized as the 'Chicago School' of architecture, represent the creativity of engineers and architects working in steel frame construction to both maximize light through distinctive window patterns, and to draw the public into the...

THREATENED: Swift-Morris Mansion, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Swift-Morris Mansion Address: 4500 S. Michigan Avenue Architect: James R. Willett & Alfred Pashley (attributed) Date: 1892; c.1917 (coach house) Style: Richardsonian Romanesque / Queen Anne Neighborhood: Bronzeville Overview A landmark of the Bronzeville community, the Swift-Morris Mansion at 4500 S. Michigan Avenue has stood as an echo of South Side’s turn of the century “Gold...

THREATENED: All of Mankind Mural / Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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All of Mankind Mural/Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church Murals Address: 617 W. Evergreen Street Artist: William Walker Year: 1971-1974 Style: Black Arts Movement Church Address: 617 W. Evergreen Architect/Artist: John Neal Tilton Year: 1901 Style: Gothic Revival Overview Once surrounded by the towers of the Cabrini-Green Homes, the Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church (formerly San Marcello Mission Church) was a center of...

THREATENED: Chicago Vocational School (CVS), a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Chicago Vocational School (aka Chicago Vocational Career Academy) Address: 2100 E. 87th Street Architect: John C. Christensen Date: 1938-1941 Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne Neighborhood: Avalon Park Overview Chicago Vocational School (today, Chicago Vocational Career Academy but most commonly known as CVS) is among the most notable examples of Art Deco/Art Moderne architecture in the city of...

THREATENED: Schulze Baking Company Building, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Schulze Baking Company Building Address: 40 East Garfield Boulevard Architect: John Ahlschlager & Son Date: 1915 Style: Sullivanesque Neighborhood: Washington Park Schulze Baking Company Building Address: 40 East Garfield Boulevard Architect: John Ahlschlager & Son Date: 1915 Style: Sullivanesque Neighborhood: Washington Park Overview Prominently located at the corner of East Garfield Boulevard and South Wabash Avenue, the Schulze Baking Company Plant has...

THREATENED: Ogden-Keeler Industrial Buildings, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Ogden-Keeler Industrial Buildings Western Felt Works Address: 4115 W. Ogden Year: 1916 Architect: R.C. Fletcher Style: Prairie School Turner Manufacturing Company Address: 4147-4151 W. Ogden; 2309-2325 S. Keeler Year: 1918 - 1921 Architect: Alfred S. Alschuler Style: Prairie School and Classical Revival Overview The Ogden Keeler Industrial Buildings are a collection of three historic manufacturing structures situated along West Ogden and...

THREATENED: Sheffield-Belden Group, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Sheffield-Belden Group NW corner of Sheffield and Belden) Courtyard Building Address: 1000-1012 W. Belden/2300-2302 N. Sheffield Architects: Maher & McGraw Date: 1926 Style: Renaissance Revival Four Freestanding Townhouses Address: 2308, 2310, 2314 and 2316 N. Sheffield Architects: Attributed to John Morrell and others Date: 1892, 1890,. 1890, and 1893 Style: Romanesque Revival Neighborhood: Lincoln Park Overview For over 130 years, four freestanding brick...

THREATENED: The Century and Consumers Buildings, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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  Century & Consumers Buildings The Century Building Address: 202 S. State Street Architects: Holabird and Roche Date: 1915 The Consumers Building Address: 220 S. State Street Architects: Jenney, Mundie & Jensen Date: 1913 Neighborhood: Loop Style: Chicago School Skyscrapers Overview Two of State Street’s terra cotta-clad skyscrapers, known as the Century and Consumers Buildings, remain in danger of demolition, threatening the...

90-Day Demolition Delay: 2923-25 W. Jackson Blvd., East Garfield Park

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#101043316 Date Received: 02/05/2024 Ward: 27th Ald. Walter Burnett Jr Applicant: MBR Wrecking & Construction, Inc. C/O Joel Reifer Owner: 5301 W. Ogden, LLC C/O James Spyropoulous Permit Description: Wreck and removal of a one-story masonry building. Status: Under Review

THREATENED: After 86 Years in Business, Palace Grill Damaged After Grease Fire

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"A fire caused 'extensive' damage to a well-known restaurant on the Near West Side Thursday night. "Firefighters responded just after 10 p.m. to a fire at Palace Grill, 1408 W. Madison St., Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The restaurant was closed at the time. No injuries were reported....

THREATENED: Neighbors Organize to Save Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church After May 19th Closure (Chicago 7 2021)

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"Neighbors are working to protect Uptown’s historical Our Lady of Lourdes church and its unique grotto, which are slated to close for good in May. "Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 4640 N. Ashland Ave., will close after hosting its last Mass May 19. Portions of the parish campus are already...

THREATENED: Midway Plaisance Greenspace to be Counted as “Replacement” Greenspace (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"The Obama Foundation announced Wednesday a $4 million donation to the Chicago Park District, earmarked for construction of an inclusive, adaptable playground at the east end of Midway Plaisance, directly across from the Obama Presidential Center currently under construction in adjacent Jackson Park. "The playground — a first of its...

THREATENED: South Shore Community Urges Protection and Reinvestment in South Shore Nature Sanctuary (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"South of downtown Chicago—about 8.6 miles—is a vast, undeveloped area that sits along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There, benches and firepits and silence are all-encompassing. Local birders walk along a boardwalk, binoculars close to their faces, while others wander around the space’s lagoons. A mile further south is Rainbow...

THREATENED: Ann Sather and Belmont Army Buildings Targeted for Demolition

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"The Lakeview building housing Belmont Army Vintage and Ann Sather could be redeveloped into 11 stories of apartments under a new proposal. "Mavrek Development wants to redevelop the building at 925 W. Belmont Ave. into a 210-apartment building with ground-floor storefronts and a sleek, glass facade. "The proposal includes 10,000 square...

THREATENED: Little Flower Church / St. Therese the Infant Jesus Church Condition Worsens During Extended Vacancy

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"When an urban explorer stumbled across the old, boarded-up church at the corner of 80th and Wood streets, the signs of its neglect and decay piqued his curiosity. Hidden beyond the broken windows, crumbling drywall and flooded floors were intricate columns, vaulted ceilings and intact stained glass that included...

THREATENED: Loyola University Plans Demolition of 1234 W. Loyola Ave. for Vacant Lot

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"Far North Side neighbors and local officials are circulating petitions and pushing for landmark status for a building to block Loyola University Chicago from tearing it down. "Loyola bought the building at 1226-1234 W. Loyola Ave. in December. It houses three small businesses and 35 apartments. All of the tenants...

THREATENED: Developer Announces Plans to Demolish 720 N. Wells

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Chic"Two historic structures are set to meet the wrecking ball at the southwest corner of N. Wells St and W. Superior St. Announced in Alderman Reilly’s newsletter to constituents, the demolition will begin in March and be completed in June. Planned by Topography Hospitality and KF Partners LLC, the...

THREATENED: Demolition Permit Released for Continental Can Company Building (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...

THREATENED: Community Unanimously Rejects Planned Demolition of Damen Silos (Chicago 7 2023)

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"Time is running out for efforts to save the Damen Silos on the Southwest Side from being torn down, but negotiations will start soon to determine how to commemorate the historic grain structures near the site. "Despite pleas from community members and preservationists at a meeting in McKinley Park on...

THREATENED: Swift-Morris Mansion, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Swift-Morris Mansion Address: 4500 S. Michigan Avenue Architect: James R. Willett & Alfred Pashley (attributed) Date: 1892; c.1917 (coach house) Style: Richardsonian Romanesque / Queen Anne Neighborhood: Bronzeville Overview A landmark of the Bronzeville community, the Swift-Morris Mansion at 4500 S. Michigan Avenue has stood as an echo of South Side’s turn of the century “Gold...

THREATENED: All of Mankind Mural / Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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All of Mankind Mural/Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church Murals Address: 617 W. Evergreen Street Artist: William Walker Year: 1971-1974 Style: Black Arts Movement Church Address: 617 W. Evergreen Architect/Artist: John Neal Tilton Year: 1901 Style: Gothic Revival Overview Once surrounded by the towers of the Cabrini-Green Homes, the Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church (formerly San Marcello Mission Church) was a center...

THREATENED: Chicago Vocational School (CVS), a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Chicago Vocational School (aka Chicago Vocational Career Academy) Address: 2100 E. 87th Street Architect: John C. Christensen Date: 1938-1941 Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne Neighborhood: Avalon Park Overview Chicago Vocational School (today, Chicago Vocational Career Academy but most commonly known as CVS) is among the most notable examples of Art Deco/Art Moderne architecture in the city of...

THREATENED: Schulze Baking Company Building, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Schulze Baking Company Building Address: 40 East Garfield Boulevard Architect: John Ahlschlager & Son Date: 1915 Style: Sullivanesque Neighborhood: Washington Park Overview Prominently located at the corner of East Garfield Boulevard and South Wabash Avenue, the Schulze Baking Company Plant has served as a Washington Park visual landmark for over a century. Built in 1914 and...

THREATENED: Ogden-Keeler Industrial Buildings, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Ogden-Keeler Industrial Buildings Western Felt Works Address: 4115 W. Ogden Year: 1916 Architect: R.C. Fletcher Style: Prairie School Turner Manufacturing Company Address: 4147-4151 W. Ogden; 2309-2325 S. Keeler Year: 1918 - 1921 Architect: Alfred S. Alschuler Style: Prairie School and Classical Revival Overview The Ogden Keeler Industrial Buildings are a collection of three historic manufacturing structures situated along West Ogden and...

THREATENED: Sheffield-Belden Group, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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  Sheffield-Belden Group (NW corner of Sheffield and Belden) Courtyard Building Address: 1000-1012 W. Belden/2300-2302 N. Sheffield Architects: Maher & McGraw Date: 1926 Style: Renaissance Revival Four Freestanding Townhouses Address: 2308, 2310, 2314 and 2316 N. Sheffield Architects: Attributed to John Morrell and others Date: 1892, 1890,. 1890, and 1893 Style: Romanesque Revival Neighborhood: Lincoln Park Overview For over 130 years, four freestanding brick...

THREATENED: The Century and Consumers Buildings, a 2024 Chicago 7 Most Endangered

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Century & Consumers Buildings Century & Consumers Buildings The Century Building Address: 202 S. State Street Architects: Holabird and Roche Date: 1915 The Consumers Building Address: 220 S. State Street Architects: Jenney, Mundie & Jensen Date: 1913 Neighborhood: Loop Style: Chicago School Skyscrapers Overview Two of State Street’s terra cotta-clad skyscrapers, known as the Century and Consumers Buildings, remain in danger of...

THREATENED: After 86 Years in Business, Palace Grill Damaged After Grease Fire

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"A fire caused 'extensive' damage to a well-known restaurant on the Near West Side Thursday night. "Firefighters responded just after 10 p.m. to a fire at Palace Grill, 1408 W. Madison St., Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The restaurant was closed at the time. No injuries were reported....

THREATENED: Sale of United Electrical Workers Union Hall Endangers Mural

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"The 'Solidarity' mural inside the United Electrical Workers union hall at 37 S. Ashland Ave. illustrates struggles and successes of working people. In one scene in the mural, a Southern sheriff, a Ku Klux Klan member, an industrialist, a general and National Guard members are seen suppressing workers. Other...

THREATENED: Archdiocese Announces Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church to be Permanently Closed

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"It’s a lucky break for the Archdiocese of Chicago that being disingenuous is not a violation requiring a defrocking. Less than two years after they were told by the Archdiocese of Chicago that worship would continue for 'the immediate future' at the historic Our Lady of Lourdes church building...
The trunk of a felled white mulberry tree sits alone on the east end of the Midway Plaisance on Feb. 6, 2024. Photo credit: Marc Monaghan / Hyde Park Herald

THREATENED: More Old-Growth Midway Plaisance Trees Cut due to Obama Presidential Center (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"Eight trees were felled within the 3.3 acre portion of the Midway Plaisance’s east end Tuesday morning, an area that will soon play host to a new playground. "The project, located on the Midway between the Metra tracks and Stony Island Avenue, is a universally accessible playspace and landscape redesign...

THREATENED: South Shore Community Urges Protection and Reinvestment in South Shore Nature Sanctuary (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

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"South of downtown Chicago—about 8.6 miles—is a vast, undeveloped area that sits along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There, benches and firepits and silence are all-encompassing. Local birders walk along a boardwalk, binoculars close to their faces, while others wander around the space’s lagoons. A mile further south is Rainbow...

THREATENED: Future Unclear for Superior Street Rowhouses After Bankruptcy Sale

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"The site of a failed River North high-rise project is poised to be seized by lenders, the latest turn in a years-long saga that’s included a foreclosure and litigation from foreign investors in the unbuilt tower. "A joint venture of New York-based Madison Realty Capital and Arena Investors will take...

THREATENED: Little Flower Church / St. Therese the Infant Jesus Church Condition Worsens During Extended Vacancy

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When an urban explorer stumbled across the old, boarded-up church at the corner of 80th and Wood streets, the signs of its neglect and decay piqued his curiosity. Hidden beyond the broken windows, crumbling drywall and flooded floors were intricate columns, vaulted ceilings and intact stained glass that included...

THREATENED: Loyola University Plans to Demolish 1234 W. Loyola Avenue Without Redevelopment Plans

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"Loyola purchased the property at 1226-1234 W. Loyola Ave. Dec 19, adding the building to their list of properties owned in the surrounding area. "Michael Loftsgaarden, Loyola’s vice president of capital planning, said there are currently no construction plans, but the building will be torn down once the leases run...

THREATENED: Developer Reveals Plans to Demolish 720 N. Wells

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"Two historic structures are set to meet the wrecking ball at the southwest corner of N. Wells St and W. Superior St. Announced in Alderman Reilly’s newsletter to constituents, the demolition will begin in March and be completed in June. Planned by Topography Hospitality and KF Partners LLC, the...

THREATENED: Continental Can Company Demolition Looms (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...

THREATENED: Community Unanimously Rejects Planned Demolition of Damen Silos (Chicago 7 2023)

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"Time is running out for efforts to save the Damen Silos on the Southwest Side from being torn down, but negotiations will start soon to determine how to commemorate the historic grain structures near the site. "Despite pleas from community members and preservationists at a meeting in McKinley Park on...