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WIN: City of Chicago Awards $4.3 Million Adopt-a-Landmark Restoration Funds to 12 Designated Chicago Landmarks

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"A Pullman church, a Kenwood synagogue and two homes associated with the Great Migration of Black Americans to Chicago are among 12 recipients that are tentatively selected for Adopt-A-Landmark grants, Department of Planning and Development (DPD), Commissioner Maurice Cox announced today."Valued at more than $4.3 million, the tentative grant...

WIN: Judge Orders Extensive Emergency Stabilization Work Including New Roof for Laramie State Bank

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"In the coming years, the iconic Laramie State Bank building will be transformed into a museum, a business incubator and a café. But before that can begin, the building needs emergency repairs to protect its historical architecture from weather damage and deterioration from years of deferred maintenance."The redevelopment of...

WIN: City of Chicago Approves Development Proposal which includes Renovation of Landmark Pioneer Bank

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"City officials today announced the winning bidders poised to develop a trio of mixed-use projects in the neighborhoods totaling $126 million. It's the third batch of developments chosen by the city's Planning Department under Lightfoot's two-year-old program to steer $750 million in public funding and resources into 10 designated...

WIN: Lincoln Park Zoo Kovler/Pepper Lion House Renovation Beautifully Blends Historic Building and Creative Innovation

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"Goettsch Partners has announced the completion of the Pepper Family Wildlife Center, a $41 million renovation, restoration, and expansion of the historic lion house at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo."The new 54,000-square-foot facility nearly doubles the size of the previous lion habitat, providing increased transparency and a more immersive experience...

TENANT WANTED: Designated Chicago Landmark Medinah Temple Seeks For New Use

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"The owner of the Medinah Temple is wrestling once again with the question: What’s the vacant River North landmark going to be next?"Friedman Properties seemed to have an answer in April, when it disclosed plans to open a retail, food and entertainment bazaar in the four-story River North building....

POTENTIAL WIN: Congress Theater Restoration Gaining Momentum

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"The newest developer trying to overhaul Congress Theater wants to reopen the historic venue by summer of 2023, taking the reins on plans to revive the space that’s been sitting empty for nearly a decade."Baum Revision, a local developer known for restoring historic buildings, is taking over the redevelopment...

THREATENED: Precedent for Reversing Landmark Status Remains Problematic Despite Old Town Stable Development Comprise Offer

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"A plan to change the zoning of a former horse stable and its neighboring buildings in the Old Town Triangle to limit what developers can build there was approved by a key city panel on Tuesday."The rezoning ordinance approved by the city’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards...

NEAR MISS: ‘No Real Structural Damage’ After Rooftop Fire on Landmark Bush Temple of Music

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"A 'very smoky' deck fire atop a historic Near North apartment building drew lots of attention Wednesday morning but caused no injuries and 'no real structural damage,' according to the Chicago Fire Department."The rooftop deck of the Bush Temple flats at 108 W. Chicago Ave. caught fire, causing billows...

WIN: ‘We are excited to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore the Blair Mansion to a single-family home.”

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"The buyers of a historical Lake Shore Drive mansion owned since the early 1950s by the International College of Surgeons will convert it back into a single-family home. J. Michael and Julie Whitted paid $4.25 million for the mansion at 1516 Lake Shore Drive today. That’s one-quarter of the...

WIN: Kimbark Avenue Mansion in Landmark District Beautifully Restored

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"Vince Baggetto has been designing kitchens for more than 30 years professionally and occasionally rehabbing houses for fun. When he spotted a 19th-century house in Kenwood that was sorely in need of revitalization, he knew it would start with the kitchen."The house, on a pretty block of Kimbark Avenue,...