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12,000-Square-Foot Little Italy Church Slashed by $700K

Chicago's out-of-commission churches just keep coming back to the market as residential properties. This one, located at the corner of Polk and Carpenter in Little Italy, is UIC's former Agape House, which housed various campus ministries from the early '70s to the early 2000's (see more photos here). The building can being divided into two condos, or you can just buy the whole thing. The 2,200-square-foot former community room in the basement is currently listed for $399,000, and it is said to have 11-foot ceilings and exposed brick. In a separate listing, the entire 11,800-square-foot building is being offered for $990,000 -- down from $1.6 million over the summer. Unlike most church conversions, it looks like some of the stained glass windows have actually been left in place. Additionally, agent Michael Ansani says the metal could be removed from the windows in the steeple, and that it could be converted into an open-air deck. That would likely be a pricey construction job, though.
· Listing: 1046 West Polk Street [Realtor.com]