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Another big permit issued for Chicago Main Post Office renovation

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Workers are now cleared to renovate and restore stair enclosures and major mechanical systems

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Construction on the ambitious renovation and restoration of Chicago’s long vacant Main Post Office continues in earnest as another big permit signals work on important mechanical and structural systems. According to the permit issued by the city yesterday, workers are cleared to go ahead and build new stairway enclosures while restoring other existing stairways. In addition, important safety systems like fire pumps, standpipe risers, and the electrical systems that support them are cleared for work. The estimated cost of the work approved in this latest permit is $11 million.

Official news and announcements regarding the Old Main Post Office renovation have been few and far between, but those seeking info on the renovation have been served well by the city’s permitting process which provides incremental updates on construction.

Work on the exterior facade started last year while permits allowing interior renovation were issued in March. The building, which had for years been viewed as a major missed opportunity for redevelopment, was purchased by 601W Companies in 2016 for $500 million.

Old Post Office

, Chicago, IL 60607