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After four years of vacancy Lincoln Park’s old children’s hospital is nearly gone

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The abandoned 50-plus-year-old structure is just about toast

A lot has happened since fencing and scaffolding first encapsulated Lincoln Park’s abandoned Children’s Memorial Hospital building earlier this summer. As of this week, the majority of the L-shaped main building has been taken down as the wrecking ball continues its unrelenting bombardment. Built in the 1960s, the buildings have been empty since the hospital closed and moved to Streeterville in 2012.

On tap is a mixed-use development from McCaffery Interests and Hines. In the planning stages since 2011, the six-acre site is slated to contain 540 rental apartments, 60 for-sale condos, 160,000 square feet of retail, and a 156-room senior housing facility. The existing 1,044-stall parking garage will remain and makes a great place to observe and document the demolition—but time is quickly running out.