Local Development Projects

Uptown is experiencing a wave of private investment that’s adding hundreds of additional housing units to the area, ensuring the neighborhood’s continued vibrancy for years to come.

Uptown Theatre Restoration

After being closed since 1981, the owners of the Uptown Theatre announced plans for renovating this landmark building. On June 2018, Jerry Mickelson, owner of JAM Productions, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, held a press conference to highlight a $75 million plan to restore and reopen this 4,381-seat entertainment venue. A partnership JAM Productions purchased the Uptown Theatre in 2008, and they are partnering with Farpoint Development on the renovations. In August, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks supported tax incentives for the renovations.

This ambitious redevelopment project is the result of many stakeholders coming together. In addition, infrastructure improvements and new development projects in the area helped make the renovations viable. Patrick O’Connor, Principal at Farpoint Development says, “Uptown United’s longstanding work to support economic development and infrastructure improvements in the community has been instrumental in making the Uptown Theatre project a reality.”

Read more from Chicago Magazine, ABC7, and the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Market at the Wilson Station

After the $203 million renovation of the Wilson CTA Station, the CTA chose Chicago Market to lease the landmark former station building on the northwest corner of Broadway and Wilson. Chicago Market, a start-up cooperative grocery store that focuses on locally grown and organic foods, plans to open in this nearly 14,000-square-foot space. Learn more about Chicago Market and how you can become an owner of this new local business. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Uptown United played a key role in Chicago Market’s bid for this site. “Chicago Market is thrilled to come to Uptown. Uptown United encouraged us to consider the Wilson Station as our home, and we couldn’t have made it a reality without their assistance and support,” says Chicago Market Board Chair Grant Kessler.

4555 N. Sheridan (Under Construction)

In the spring of 2018, Clayco and CRG broke ground on the property at the corner of Wilson and Sheridan. This 12-story, mixed-use, transit-oriented development will feature 149 rental apartments, ground-floor retail space, and 29 parking spaces.

5050 N. Broadway (Under Construction)

Uptown’s own Cedar Street Companies began construction of this adaptive reuse, transit-oriented development. Formerly home to Combined Insurance and later the AON Corporation, Cedar Street is converting this 12- and six-story building from offices into 342 rental apartments and ground-floor retail.

811 Uptown (Completed and Now Leasing)

Formerly the site of Cuneo Hospital and Maryville Academy, JDL and Harlem-Irving have recently completed their 27-story, mixed-use development at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon. 811 Uptown features 373 rental apartments and townhomes, a grocery store, and 278 parking spots.

Stewart School Lofts (Completed and Now Leasing)

In 2016, Chicago Public Schools sold the former Stewart Elementary School building to Morningside USA as part of a closed bid for the property. Morningside landmarked their historic Arts-and-Crafts style façade of this property at 4525 N. Kenmore, and have completed the conversion of the school to 64 rental apartments. Morningside has kept many of the unique features of the former school in this one-of-a-kind property.

Mercy Housing Rehabilitation Projects

Mercy Housing Lakefront is beginning the rehab of two permanent supportive housing buildings in Uptown, projected to start construction in early 2019 and invest a combined $40 million in the community. Major Jenkins Apartments and Miriam Apartments will both receive upgraded common areas, refreshed apartment units, and major updates to all building systems. Both buildings will continue to provide affordable, service-enriched housing to some of the city’s most vulnerable populations after construction is complete.

Thorek Memorial Hospital Entrance (Under Construction)

Thorek Memorial Hospital is building a new $5 million entrance to their facility on Irving Park Road. Construction on this project, designed by Perkins + Will, began in June.

4420 N. Sheridan (Under Construction)

Quest Realty Group acquired three long-vacant lots along Sheridan Road between Montrose and Sunnyside and is building a four-story transit-oriented development with 33 rental apartments and ground floor retail space.

4720 N. Sheridan (Under Construction)

Quest Realty Group is building a six-story, transit-oriented development including 30 rental apartments and 12 parking spaces. The local neighborhood association recently expressed their support for this project.

Sarah’s Circle

An Uptown nonprofit serving women experiencing homelessness, Sarah’s Circle, plans to build a six-story, 36,000-square-foot building at 4654 N. Sheridan Rd., which will house several of their programs. This spring, the organization received an anonymous $14 million gift that will allow the organization to realize this expansion project, which is expected to be complete in 2020.

4601 N. Broadway (Proposed)

Praedium Development plans to break ground on this mixed-use, transit-oriented development project. This project, across from the renovated Wilson CTA Station, includes 197 rental apartments, 11,500 square feet of commercial space, and 41 parking spots.