LOSS: “Spotlight on Demolition” Highlights from the 738 Demolitions in Chicago in 2020

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  • 2251 S. Wentworth Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Serhii Chrucky
    2251 S. Wentworth Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Serhii Chrucky
  • 4432 N. Hermitage Avenue. Demolished December 2020. Photo credit: Chicago Home Photos
    4432 N. Hermitage Avenue. Demolished December 2020. Photo credit: Chicago Home Photos
  • 20 & 16 W. Erie St. River North. Demolished December 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    20 & 16 W. Erie St. River North. Demolished December 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • Former Sears Store, 6153 S. Western Avenue. Chicago 7 2016. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Artistmac / Flickr
    Former Sears Store, 6153 S. Western Avenue. Chicago 7 2016. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Artistmac / Flickr
  • Sears Store, 1601 N. Harlem Avenue, Austin. Demolished Oct 2020. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps
    Sears Store, 1601 N. Harlem Avenue, Austin. Demolished Oct 2020. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps
  • 624 W. Willow Street, Old Town. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    624 W. Willow Street, Old Town. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 1118 W. Patterson Avenue, Wrigleyville. Demolished Oct 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1118 W. Patterson Avenue, Wrigleyville. Demolished Oct 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • Jefferson Park Hospital, 1414 W Monroe. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Gabriel X. Michael
    Jefferson Park Hospital, 1414 W Monroe. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Gabriel X. Michael
  • 3726 N. Lake Shore Drive. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Ward Miller
    3726 N. Lake Shore Drive. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Ward Miller
  • Pieter Boone House, 10057 S. Michigan Avenue, c. 1870. Demolished July 2020. Photo Credit: Serhii Chrucky
    Pieter Boone House, 10057 S. Michigan Avenue, c. 1870. Demolished July 2020. Photo Credit: Serhii Chrucky
  • 1511 W. Irving Park Rd. Lake View. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1511 W. Irving Park Rd. Lake View. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 3347 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    3347 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 4500 N. Spaulding Ave. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps
    4500 N. Spaulding Ave. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps
  • 1436 W. Randolph St. West Loop. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1436 W. Randolph St. West Loop. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 3714 N. Southport Ave. Orange-Rated. Demo May 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    3714 N. Southport Ave. Orange-Rated. Demo May 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 2204 N Orchard Street, Lincoln Park. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Redfin
    2204 N Orchard Street, Lincoln Park. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Redfin
  • 2816 N. Ashland Ave. Lake View. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    2816 N. Ashland Ave. Lake View. Demolished November 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 438 W. St. James Place. Demolished May 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    438 W. St. James Place. Demolished May 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
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  • 1500 N. Wieland Street. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1500 N. Wieland Street. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 4242 N. Kedvale Avenue. Demolished July 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    4242 N. Kedvale Avenue. Demolished July 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 5859 S. Halsted Street. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    5859 S. Halsted Street. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 11314 S. Michigan Avenue. Demolished February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    11314 S. Michigan Avenue. Demolished February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 1520 W. Thomas St, Noble Square. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1520 W. Thomas St, Noble Square. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 3742 N. Clifton Avenue. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker
    3742 N. Clifton Avenue. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: Coldwell Banker
  • 5959 S. Morgan Street. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    5959 S. Morgan Street. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 5616 S. Maryland, Hyde Park. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    5616 S. Maryland, Hyde Park. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 1733 N. Mohawk St, Old Town. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1733 N. Mohawk St, Old Town. Demolished August 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 3941 W. Monroe Street. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    3941 W. Monroe Street. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 600 N. Pine Avenue, photo from 2015. Demoed February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    600 N. Pine Avenue, photo from 2015. Demoed February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 2137 N. Clifton Avenue. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: VHT
    2137 N. Clifton Avenue. Demolished March 2020. Photo Credit: VHT
  • 2341 W. Shakespeare Avenue. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    2341 W. Shakespeare Avenue. Demolished April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 2811 S. Homan Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    2811 S. Homan Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
  • 1831 N. Hermitage Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    1831 N. Hermitage Avenue. Demolished June 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps

“It’s an old, common cry in a city where demolition and development are often spoken in the same breath, and where trying to save historic homes from the wrecking ball can feel as futile as trying to stop the snow. My Twitter feed teems with beautiful houses doomed to vanish in the time it takes to say ‘bulldozed.’ Bungalows, two-flats, three-flats, greystones, workers’ cottages. The photos, posted by people who lament the death of Chicago’s tangible past, flit through my social media feed like a parade of the condemned en route to the guillotine,”
mused Mary Schmich in her Chicago Tribune column on July 12, 2018.


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