WIN: Six-Corner Sears Adaptive Reuse Nearing Completion (Chicago 7 2016)

Proposed Adaptive Reuse of Sears Building at Six Corners, 1938, George Nimmons, 4730 W. Irving Park Road. Rendering credit: Novak Construction/MG2 Architects
Proposed Adaptive Reuse of Sears Building at Six Corners, 1938, George Nimmons, 4730 W. Irving Park Road. Photo credit: Google Maps
Historic Photo of Six-Corners Sears Store. Photo credit: Six Corners Business Association
Historic Six-Corners Sears Christmas Window Display, Sears Store, 1938, George Nimmons, 4730 W. Irving Park Road. Historic image courtesy: Northwest Chicago Historical Society

“The Sears department store at 4712 W Irving Park Road in Portage Park continues to undergo a significant transformation, as the $90 million, six-story mixed-use redevelopment project takes shape. Led by Novak Construction as both developer and general contractor, the project will offer 50,000 square feet of retail space and 206 residential units. According to a February article by Block Club Chicago, Target will be the anchor tenant for the retail component.

“The reimagined building will feature various residential layouts, ranging from studios to two-bedroom units. Many of these units will boast high ceilings and loft spaces. In compliance with the city’s ARO guidelines, Novak will provide six on-site affordable units and contribute $2 million to the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. Additional amenities include a rooftop lounge, an outdoor pool deck, and 275 parking spaces for residents and retail patrons.

“The original Sears department store, built in 1938, was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm Nimmons, Carr & Wright. To maintain the building’s historical character, Novak Construction and architecture firm MG2 have worked together to preserve many of its Art Deco elements. The updated exterior design will incorporate glass, brick, metal accents, and refurbished concrete paneling, along with the addition of a fifth floor and new ground-up wings of the building. A revamped pentagonal glass enclosure at the six corners intersection will also provide greater structural integrity. (Crawford, Chicago YIMBY, 5/1/23)

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