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WIN: Vacant Noel State Bank To Become a Barnes & Noble Bookstore

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"Barnes & Noble will open four new Chicago-area locations this summer, including a store in a recognizable former bank building in Wicker Park."The world’s largest retail bookstore chain plans to open a store in the former Walgreens flagship building at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. early this summer, as well...

WIN: Funds Raised to Rescue United Electrical Workers Union Hall Mural

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 "The United Electrical Workers union is teaming up with an art group to save a historic mural inside its Near West Side meeting hall, a space that will soon be developed into apartments."The sprawling mural, titled 'Solidarity,' spans the building’s two lobbies and central staircase, narrating the history of...

WIN: Nonprofit Workforce Development Receives Building Renovation Grant for 3410 W. Lake Street

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"Revolution Workshop has received $2.5 million in funding as a recipient of a Community Development Grant. Located at 3410 W. Lake, Revolution Workshop is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides construction workforce development for unemployed or underemployed people in partnership with area businesses. ​"With Future Firm serving as the...

WIN: After Adaptive Reuse, Capital Garage Reopens as Bramble Arts Lofts Theatre

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"Bramble Theatre Company is opening a performing arts space in Andersonville this weekend."Bramble Arts Loft, 5554 N. Clark St., will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday followed by free tours of the theater until 4 p.m."The newly renovated loft on the second floor of a 1920s auto garage...

POTENTIAL WIN: Momentum Growing for Chicago Lakefront National Park (Chicago 7 2021)

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"Some people who live along the Chicago lakefront on the North Side voted in favor of turning the lakefront into a national park."This is an idea that’s been kicked around for several years, championed by Preservation Chicago."The question was on ballots in three precincts of the 49th Ward. 60%...

WIN: Art Deco Lawson House Reopens After Comprehensive Renovation

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"More than 400 affordable micro apartments are now open in the Gold Coast after a two-year renovation of the former Lawson House YMCA."The 24-story art deco building, 30 W. Chicago Ave., was once the largest single-room-occupancy building in the city, with 583 apartments. It has been transformed into 406...

WIN: JP Morgan Chase Announces Chase Tower Renovation

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"Part of the Chicago Loop's magic were the occasional oddball, unexpected, 'How in the heck did this get here?' places that used to dot downtown."Places like Harem Hosiery, with its faux 1001 Arabian Knights neon sign, that used to be at 110 S. State St. Or the menagerie of...

WIN: Growing Recognition for the Freedom Seekers and Ton Farm Underground Railroad Site

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"The Netherlands’ ambassador to the United States joined Thursday’s unveiling of a sign honoring the history of Dutch settlers who helped enslaved people traveling the Underground Railroad in Chicago."The sign details in English and Dutch how Dutch families — including Jan and Aagje Ton — settled in what is...

WIN: Illinois Designates 10 Cultural Districts and $3 Million in Funding

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"Ten state-designated cultural districts in Illinois were recently announced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, including Little Village and 'Puerto Rico Town' in Humboldt Park."The program was launched in 2023 with an aim to uplift and preserve cultural communities throughout Illinois. The districts are eligible to apply for some of the...

WIN: Landmark Biograph Theater Reopens After Being Shuttered for Years

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"After a long fallow period, the landmark Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., once again opens its doors for regular patronage this week, thanks to twin touring productions from Los Angeles-based Theatre 68. The unifying factor is Ronnie Marmo, the company’s artistic director, who finds inspiration in these very...

WIN: Long-Neglected Second Phase of Lathrop Homes Finally Approved by Chicago Housing Authority (Chicago 7 2007, 2013, 2022)

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"For more than two decades, the Chicago Housing Authority has pledged to rehab and rebuild hundreds of apartments at the Lathrop Homes site in west Lakeview."But even as the city’s affordable housing crisis has grown worse, the CHA’s efforts at Lathrop have been halting, leaving neighbors wondering why scores...

WIN: The Fields Studios Received $10M in City and State Grants

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"A sprawling film production studio set to open on the Logan Square-Avondale border has secured a $10 million in governmental grants as it aims to increase industry opportunities in the Midwest."The Fields Studios is a $250 million project that will bring nine sound stages, creative and production offices and...

WIN: 4100 W. Fillmore Redevelopment Receives $7M TIF Award

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"A nearly vacant five-story brick building on the West Side will come back to life this summer as The Fillmore Center, eventually employing hundreds and bringing business activity back to North Lawndale, a neighborhood hit by decades of disinvestment."Steans Family Foundation, a Chicago philanthropy, bought the 111-year-old property at...

WIN: Illegal Construction in Humboldt Park Demolished!

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"An unauthorized structure meant to be an addition to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will be razed next week after persistent outcry from neighbors and preservationists opposing the construction."Work on the 4,000-square-foot cinder-block archives and storage facility next to the museum, 3015 W. Division St.,...

WIN: City of Chicago Announces $150M Funding for the Residential Adaptive Reuse of Four LaSalle Street Skyscrapers

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"Mayor Brandon Johnson on Wednesday earmarked $151.2 million in taxpayer money to help subsidize four proposals to breathe new life into Chicago’s Financial District by transforming it into Chicago’s newest residential neighborhood, advancing a plan to 'reimagine' Chicago’s Loop launched by former Mayor Lori Lightfoot."The four proposals would invest...

WIN: Preliminary Landmark Recommendation Approved for Hyde Park Union Church

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"A city commission on Thursday April 4, 2024 unanimously recommended landmark designation for a 118-year-old Hyde Park church."Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., sailed through the Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting to recommend the church for landmark designation, which would protect both exterior and interior elements from...

WIN: Vacant Noel State Bank To Become a Barnes & Noble Bookstore

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"Barnes & Noble will open four new Chicago-area locations this summer, including a store in a recognizable former bank building in Wicker Park."The world’s largest retail bookstore chain plans to open a store in the former Walgreens flagship building at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. early this summer, as well...

POTENTIAL WIN: Funds Raised to Rescue United Electrical Workers Union Hall Mural

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"A major fundraising campaign is underway to save the historical'Solidarity' mural inside a Near West Side union hall before the building is sold and redeveloped into apartments."Spanning approximately 500 square feet across two floors of UE Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., the labor-themed mural illustrates the history of the...

POTENTIAL WIN: Jefferson Park Firehouse Seeks Commercial Tenant After Renovation

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"The rehabilitation of two historical Jefferson Park buildings could help revitalize the neighborhood, and the developer is looking for tenants."For the past eight years, developer Tim Pomaville has been working to transform the Jefferson Park firehouse at 4841 N. Lipps Ave. into a mixed-use residential development. The initial plans...

WIN: Construction Begins for Residential Adaptive Reuse of Long-Vacant Our Lady of Lourdes School

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"School’s out and apartments are in. Construction is underway at a former Uptown Catholic school building, with the developer set to transform the school into 42 apartments by summer."The Archdiocese of Chicago sold Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School, 4640 N. Ashland Ave, to Honore Holdings last year for...

POTENTIAL WIN: After Many Delays, Hollander Storage Building Adaptive Reuse Moving Forward Again

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"Developers hoping to renovate the dilapidated Hollander Storage & Moving site have shared updated plans for their apartment proposal with the community after almost two years."GW Properties, which owns the site at 2418-2428 N. Milwaukee Ave, shared a fifth version of plans for the building at the monthly Logan...

WIN: 4100 W. Fillmore Redevelopment Receives $7M TIF Award

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"A nearly vacant five-story brick building on the West Side will come back to life this summer as The Fillmore Center, eventually employing hundreds and bringing business activity back to North Lawndale, a neighborhood hit by decades of disinvestment."Steans Family Foundation, a Chicago philanthropy, bought the 111-year-old property at...

WIN: JPMorgan Chase Announces Chase Tower Renovation

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"JPMorgan Chase is kicking off a massive renovation of Chase Tower, giving a major boost to the COVID-battered Loop office market and showing the financial giant’s long-term commitment to the heart of the city."'We take great pride in how we support Chicago, particularly the business district,' said Tony Maggiore,...

WIN: Momentum Growing for Restoration of Quinn Chapel and Recognition of Freedom Trail, an Underground Railroad Initiative

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"At 180 years old, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. has been around for nearly all of Chicago’s modern history."It formed as a seven-person prayer band in 1844, worshiping inside the homes of its members and an old schoolhouse in the Loop. They organized under the African Methodist Episcopal Church a few...

WIN: Illinois Designates 10 Cultural Districts and $3 Million in Funding

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"Ten state-designated cultural districts in Illinois were recently announced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, including Little Village and 'Puerto Rico Town' in Humboldt Park."The program was launched in 2023 with an aim to uplift and preserve cultural communities throughout Illinois. The districts are eligible to apply for some of the...

WIN: Renovated Ramova Theatre Begins Landmark Process and Hosts First Even Since 1985 (Chicago 7 2012)

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"McHugh Construction has announced that it has completed the $30 million adaptive reuse transformation of Chicago’s historic Ramova Theatre from a long-shuttered single-screen cinema to an 1,800-person concert hall in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. As part of the 36,000-square-foot project at 3520 S. Halsted, McHugh also built out space for...

WIN: Landmark Biograph Theater Reopens After Being Shuttered for Years

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"After a long fallow period, the landmark Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., once again opens its doors for regular patronage this week, thanks to twin touring productions from Los Angeles-based Theatre 68. The unifying factor is Ronnie Marmo, the company’s artistic director, who finds inspiration in these very...

WIN: Illegal Construction in Humboldt Park Demolished!

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"An unauthorized structure meant to be an addition to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will be razed next week after persistent outcry from neighbors and preservationists opposing the construction."Work on the 4,000-square-foot cinder-block archives and storage facility next to the museum, 3015 W. Division St.,...

WIN: The Fields Studios Received $10M in City and State Grants

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"A sprawling film production studio set to open on the Logan Square-Avondale border has secured a $10 million in governmental grants as it aims to increase industry opportunities in the Midwest."The Fields Studios is a $250 million project that will bring nine sound stages, creative and production offices and...

WIN: City of Chicago Announces $8.23M of Adopt-a-Landmarking Funding for the Restoration of 13 Designated Chicago Landmarks

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"Adopt-A-Landmark grants valued at more than $8 million will help restore more than a dozen historic buildings citywide, including former banks in Austin and the Near West Side, a pair of performance venues in Uptown, and a former brewery-tied house in Englewood, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced today."'From iconic theaters...

WIN: Mid-City Trust & Savings Bank Receives $1.3M in Adopt-a-Landmark Funding

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"Mayor Johnson recently announced $1.3 million in Adopt-A-Landmark funding for the adaptive reuse of the former Mid-City Trust & Savings Bank Building. Located at 801 W. Madison, the building occupies the southwest corner of W. Madison St and N. Halsted St. Purchased in 2022, Experiential Capital Group is leading...

WIN: Class L Approved for Hoyt Building by City Council

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"The Chicago City Council has approved a Class L tax incentive for the redevelopment of the Hoyt Building at 465 W. Cermak. Located within the Cermak Road Bridge District, the building sits along the south branch of the Chicago River on the south side of W. Cermak Rd. Developer...

WIN: Preliminary Landmark Recommendation Approved for Hyde Park Union Church

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"The Commission on Chicago Landmarks granted Hyde Park Union Church preliminary landmark status earlier this month, a designation church-goers and preservationists alike sought to protect the 118-year-old building from significant exterior alteration."The church, a sizable red sandstone structure tucked away in the University of Chicago campus at 5600 S....

WIN: Apollo’s 2000 / former Marshall Square Theater Receives Final Landmark Recommendation

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"The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved a final landmark recommendation for Apollo’s 2000. Located at 2875 W. Cermak, the popular performance and event venue was formerly known as Marshall Square Theatre and was built in 1917 by architect Alexander L Levy."The building meets Criterion 1 for its value...

WIN: Former Wicker Park Walgreens’ in Noel State Bank To Become a Barnes & Noble Bookstore

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"Barnes & Noble plans to open four stores this summer in the Chicago area, including in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, as well as in Northbrook and Oswego."In Wicker Park, the bookseller will set up shop in a historic former bank building previously occupied by Walgreens. The pharmacy chain...

POTENTIAL WIN: Jefferson Park Firehouse Seeks Commercial Tenant After Renovation

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"The owner of two historic buildings in Jefferson Park is hoping to find commercial tenants for both properties that will help revitalize the area’s struggling business district."'When someone wants to see the firehouse (at 4837-41 N. Lipps Ave.), we also take them to see the Lero (at 4762-64 N....

POTENTIAL WIN: After Many Delays, Hollander Storage Building Adaptive Reuse Moving Forward Again

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"Developers hoping to renovate the dilapidated Hollander Storage & Moving site have shared updated plans for their apartment proposal with the community after almost two years."GW Properties, which owns the site at 2418-2428 N. Milwaukee Ave, shared a fifth version of plans for the building at the monthly Logan...

POTENTIAL WIN: Adaptive Reuse of Art Deco Lincoln Trust & Savings Bank Building Seeks Funding

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"Developers are seeking highly competitive tax credits to build supportive housing for domestic violence survivors at the existing Fifth Third Bank building in North Center.This is the latest pitch from developers Ravine Park Partners and Brinshore Development, who have partnered with Apna Ghar, a human rights nonprofit that provides...

WIN: Adler & Sullivan Designed Wolf, Sayer and Heller Warehouse at 310 N. Peoria to be Adaptively Reused

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"Construction is set to commence on the first phase of the mixed-use development at 310 N Peoria Street in Fulton Market. Located on the corner with W. Wayman Street, the two-phase proposal was initially approved in 2021 after its announcement the year prior. The project is being led by...

WIN: Momentum Growing for Restoration of Quinn Chapel and Recognition of Freedom Trail, an Underground Railroad Initiative

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"At 180 years old, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. has been around for nearly all of Chicago’s modern history."It formed as a seven-person prayer band in 1844, worshiping inside the homes of its members and an old schoolhouse in the Loop. They organized under the African Methodist Episcopal Church a few...

WIN: Residential Adaptive Reuse of Former Our Lady of Lourdes School Receives Permit

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 "A renovation permit has been issued for the conversion of the former Our Lady of Lourdes school building. Planned by Honore Properties, the existing building was put up for sale by the Chicago Archdiocese in 2022 and is located just south of the intersection of N. Ashland Ave and...

WIN: City Council Approves Sale of Vacant Lot for Muddy Waters Mojo Museum Garden

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"Plans to create an outdoor performance space for the forthcoming Muddy Waters Mojo Museum moved forward this week, with City Council’s approval to sell an adjacent vacant lot to the museum."On Wednesday, City Council approved the sale of 4337 S. Lake Park Ave., a city-owned lot in North Kenwood,...

WIN: First Concert Since 1985 Celebrates Ramova Theatre Renovation and Reopening (Chicago 7 2012)

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"McHugh Construction has announced that it has completed the $30 million adaptive reuse transformation of Chicago’s historic Ramova Theatre from a long-shuttered single-screen cinema to an 1,800-person concert hall in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. As part of the 36,000-square-foot project at 3520 S. Halsted, McHugh also built out space for...

WIN: One Prudential Plaza to Receive $50M Renovation But Will Lose Anchor Tenant

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"A renovation has been announced for the Prudential Plaza complex at 130 E Randolph Street in New East Side. Located on the corner with N Stetson Avenue and across the street from Millenium Park, the complex is currently owned by Wanxiang America Real Estate Group. The US-based real-estate developer...

WIN: City of Chicago Announces $8.23M of Adopt-a-Landmarking Funding for the Restoration of 13 Designated Chicago Landmarks

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"Adopt-A-Landmark grants valued at more than $8 million will help restore more than a dozen historic buildings citywide, including former banks in Austin and the Near West Side, a pair of performance venues in Uptown, and a former brewery-tied house in Englewood, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced today."'From iconic theaters...

WIN: Mid-City Trust & Savings Bank Receives Preliminary Class L Designation

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"The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved a Class L tax incentive for the adaptive reuse of the former Mid-City Trust & Savings Bank Building. Located at 801 W. Madison, the building occupies the southwest corner of W. Madison St and N. Halsted St. Purchased in 2022, Experiential Capital...

WIN: Phoebe and John Gray House Receives Final Landmark Recommendation

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Preservation Chicago enthusiastically supports the preliminary Chicago Landmark designation of the Phoebe and John Gray House in Irving Park. Preservation Chicago testified in support during the Commission on Chicago Landmarks hearing.Irving Park has a wonderful stock of historic homes that deserve greater recognition and protection. Preservation Chicago advocated with...

WIN: Apollo’s 2000 / former Marshall Square Theater Receives Final Landmark Recommendation

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"A historical theater on the Southwest Side took the first step toward becoming a Chicago landmark Thursday."The Apollo’s 2000 Theater, 2875 W. Cermak Road, was built in 1917 by Alexander Levy. Originally named the Marshall Square Theater, it used to showcase movies and vaudeville acts with comedians, singers, musicians...

WIN: Thompson Center Renovation Renderings Show Building and Atrium Saved, but Characteristic Elements Changed (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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"Google’s plan is 'light-years from the demolition discussions of the past,' Preservation Chicago executive director Ward Miller said."'In general, it’s wonderful to see the Thompson Center’s overall form, its 17-story atrium and plaza concept all retained, so that’s all very good,' Miller said. We believe this is heading in...