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

“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 building, Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth (48th) announced.

“Work will then begin to replace the restaurant with a 50-unit apartment building, a project in the works before Wing Hoe closed.

“The building that housed Wing Hoe was a lakefront-adjacent mansion built in 1913 and previously housed other restaurants. Some groups, including Preservation Chicago, sought to preserve the building.

“The groundbreaking will end years of speculation over the building’s future. It also comes after the building was damaged in a Thanksgiving morning two-alarm fire, according to the Fire Department.

“Plans to redevelop the century old Wing Hoe building have been kicked around since 2018.

“That project spelled the end for Wing Hoe, the Chinese restaurant that opened in 1971. Rather than find a new location, Wing Hoe’s owners decided to retire and close in December 2020 after 49 years in business, they told Block Club.” (Ward, Block Club Chicago, 12/12/23)

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