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The high-rise proposed for 166 N. Aberdeen is back to its original height

Rendering of 166 N. Aberdeen from

On Wednesday the Chicago Plan Commission published April’s agenda of developments that are expected to seek zoning approval later this month. While the Obama Presidential Center does not appear on the docket—as many expected it would—the newly posted list does feature a number of notable projects from Sauganash to Pullman.

Here’s a quick look at what the city commissioners will consider at this month’s meeting:

166 N. Aberdeen.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz

166 N. Aberdeen

After shrinking two stories in May of last year, the apartment tower slated for Fulton Market’s Fabbri Sausage plant is back to its original 20-story height. Developed by MCZ and designed by SCB, the high-rise will contain 236 rental units and ground floor retail space. The plan, which saw on-site parking pared down from 84 to 80 spaces, settles on 70 spaces in its latest iteration.

Chicago’s St. Boniface Catholic Church at 1358 W. Chestnut Street.
Space Architects + Planners

1358 W. Chestnut

After months of discussion and planning, the adaptive reuse of Noble Square’s vacant 1902 St. Boniface Catholic Church is taking a big step forward. The plan from Stas Development and Space Architects + Planners will see the historic religious building turned into 17 for-sale condo units. It will be joined by a new two-story building occupied by a local nonprofit group and four affordable housing units as well as a new four-story building containing another 24 market-rate condos.

A rendering of ComEd’s new offices at the corner of California and Roscoe.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz

3500 N. California

This massive Commonwealth Edison development is proposed for an L-shaped parcel in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. If approved, the project will deliver a new 120,000-square-foot office building, an 80,000-square-foot warehouse, a 1200-space parking garage, a supply yard, and a future substation. More info on the North Side project can be found on the 33rd Ward website.

An elevation drawing of 171 N. Wabash.
Chicago City Clerk

171 N. Wabash

Replacing a parking lot in the Loop, this seven-story development is amending its previously approved plan from 2016. The proposal now calls for ground floor retail topped by 81—up from 60—dwelling units. Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture will lead design duties.

A conceptual rendering of 1139 N. State.
Marketing flyer

1139 N. State

While not requiring a change to the underlying zoning, a plan to replace an older three-story Gold Coast building at the corner of State and Elm with a new retail/restaurant offering will need to seek Plan Commission approval under Chicago’s Lakefront Protection Ordinance. An online marking flyer shows what the redevelopment of 1139 N. State could look like.

Montclare Senior Residences of Calumet Heights
Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects

94th Street and Stony Island

Known as Montclare Senior Residences of Calumet Heights, this proposed development at 9329-9429 South Stony Island Avenue calls for a seven-story building with 134 mixed-income senior housing units. Amenities include a community room with kitchen, fitness center, media room, arts and crafts room, library, computer lab, beauty salon, laundry facility, and 94 parking spaces.

Additional Developments

Other notable items on the agenda include a proposed addition to Lakeview’s Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School and new People’s Gas Campus at 4025 W. Peterson Avenue in Sauganash. The Plan Commission will also consider plans for a six-story, 35-unit development at 2317 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park and a zoning amendment for Gotham Greens to construct a new commercial greenhouse in Pullman, next to its existing facility on top of the Method Soap factory.

The Chicago Plan Commission will convene on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in City Council Chambers at City Hall (121 N. LaSalle Street) and is open to the public.