“The Noel State Bank building was constructed in 1919 and was home to various banks throughout the 20th century, according to a 2007 report from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.
“‘Designed by Gardner C. Coughlen in a dignified Classical Revival-style, the design of the bank expresses an image of permanence and security. The exterior is clad entirely in ornamental terra cotta. Large windows are divided by engaged pilasters topped with Corinthian capitals, and a prominent cornice wraps around the rounded corners of the building,’ the report reads.
“Walgreens opened the store in 2012 after two years of building restorations.
“The drugstore location has become a fixture on TikTok and in other media for its unique features, with some calling it a ‘hidden gem,’ even though it’s located in the middle of Wicker Park.” (Myers, Block Club Chicago, 10/7/22)
Is Walgreens Closing Its Flagship Wicker Park Store Inside Old Bank? Neighbors Told Yes, But Company Says No Decision Made; A Walgreens representative said the branch was closing at a community meeting Wednesday — but the company said Thursday it has not made any decision regarding the location, Quinn Myers, Block Club Chicago, 10/7/22