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Mapping the Development Boom Along Milwaukee Avenue

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The city is currently booming with new development activity from highrise residential and office projects, new public park spaces, and historic office building conversions. The greater downtown area has largely been the focus of the most recent real estate boom, however, many of the city's neighborhoods are rapidly changing as well. Take for instance all of the development activity planned for Milwaukee Avenue, primarily in the Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square neighborhoods. Several years ago, the city set out to transform the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor, which stretches from Western Avenue to California Avenue, and this stretch of Logan Square has witnessed numerous proposals this year alone.

In total, between all of the proposals that have been approved and those that are still in planning stages, developers have proposed nearly 1,500 apartments and over 250,000 square feet of retail space for Milwaukee Avenue, and there is likely much more still yet to come. At the same time, only 24 row homes and 18 condos are currently on the way. Milwaukee Avenue has long had empty stretches, and rows of blight, however the major street could make way for some major changes in the coming years.


·Previous Logan Square coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Bucktown coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Wicker Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]

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500 N Milwaukee

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In January, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a developer's plan to erect two new structures on Milwaukee Avenue, just north of Grand and Halsted. The proposal includes 221 apartments, 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 113 parking spaces. However, the stretch is still waiting for action 10 months later. Previously >>

1001 W. Chicago Avenue

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The Chicago Plan Commission has recently approved a developer's plan to bring 360 apartment units and 35,000 square feet of retail space to the 1.8 acre property that was once owned and operated by the Gonnella Baking Company.
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LG Development Polish Triangle apartments

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LG Development proposed this seven story glass and steel retail and residential project earlier this year, which would replace the buildings between 1237-1253 N. Milwaukee Avenue and 1230-1240 N. Ashland Avenue with 58 apartments and nearly 13,000 square feet of retail space.
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Centrum Partners Division Apartments

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A vacant stretch of Division Street may soon make way for a seven story development that would deliver 77 apartments, roughly 12,000 square feet of ground level retail space and 39 parking spaces to the dense southeast end of Wicker Park.
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Northwest Tower Hotel

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The old Northwest Tower in the center of Wicker Park's six corners intersection is being transformed into a 120 room hotel.
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LG Development Six Corners development

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In addition to the Polish Triangle project, LG Development wants to add apartments, retail and possibly office space to Milwaukee Avenue near Wicker Park's six corners. The plan calls for 36 apartments and 7,400 square feet of retail space.
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1739 N Milwaukee

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Before the real estate crash, a developer sought to convert this abandoned vintage building into eight lofts. However, it is now being developed by Marc Residential Realty who wants to turn it into a pricey apartment building with eight large units.

Centrum Partners Aldi & Apartments

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The upcoming 606 trail and its string of new parks may have been the inspiration for developer Centrum Partners to propose a new mixed-use development along Milwaukee Ave. adjacent to the new rails-to-trails project. The plan is to demolish the existing Aldi grocery store and build a new 171,426 square foot building with 128 apartment units and over 19,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a new Aldi.
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Northwestern Medical Center

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Right across the street from the Bucktown Aldi is a vacant lot that will soon sprout a medical center operated by Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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The Row

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MCZ Development will soon bring 24 row houses to a large vacant stretch of land on Winnebago Avenue. The homes are expected to be delivered mid 2015.
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Spearhead Properties Armitage Apartments

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Spearhead Properties wants to demolish an old industrial facility on Armitage Avenue and erect a two building development that will contain 78 apartments, 6,500 square feet of ground level retail and 55 parking spaces.Previously >>

PMG Apartments

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Developer Property Markets Group is looking to bring 120 apartments, 5,246 square feet of ground level retail and 67 parking spaces to a vacant stretch of Milwaukee Avenue near the Congress Theater. The developer originally proposed a huge monolithic development for the site, but went back to the drawing board and tapped architects Brininstool + Lynch to completely redesign the project.
Previously >>

Dual tower TOD

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The former Max Gerber showroom across the street from the California Blue Line station could make way for a dual tower apartment and retail development. The plan comes from Rob Buono, former Intelligentsia Coffee co-CEO and developer of the city's first sanctioned transit-oriented development, 1611 W Division Street. If the project moves forward as is, 231 new residences and a combined 7,100 square feet of ground level retail space would come in the form of a 10 and 14 story tower on Milwaukee Avenue.
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California Studios

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Originally billed as a high density single-room occupancy style micro-apartment development, this project received a tremendous backlash from Logan Square residents who fought to keep the proposal from going forward. Developer Enrico Plati reintroduced the plan in August which called for 56 apartments, of varying sizes.
Previously >>

SNS Realty Condos

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A long vacant stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Logan Square is currently transforming into a stretch of condos and ground level retail. Once completed, the row of new construction will introduce 18 new condos to the neighborhood.
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Mega Mall

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Logan Square's Discount Mega Mall, a large indoor flea market, was recently purchased and developer Terraco Inc. has proposed demolishing the existing buildings on the 2.55 acre site and replacing them with a development that would bring 166,390 square feet of retail space, 426 total parking spaces and possibly some apartments to Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood.
Previously >>

Logan Square Orchard & Plaza

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A stretch of CTA-owned property on Milwaukee Avenue near the Illinois Centennial Monument is looking to sprout an apple orchard and a plaza. The plan would bring the city's first "urban orchard" to Logan Square.
Previously >>

IL Centennial Monument Roundabout

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CDOT and the CTA are currently studying a plan that could completely reshape the roundabout surrounding the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square.
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Logan Square Blue Line Plaza

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Alderman Rey Colon and the Metropolitan Planning Council recently wrapped up a series of meetings to discuss the future of the 67,000 square feet of underutilized city-owned space surrounding the Logan Square Blue Line station. The space is likely to make way for a combination of residences, retail and green space.
Previously >>

Goldblatt's Building Apartments

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The historic Goldblatt's Building at the Milwaukee, Kimball and Diversey intersection will soon boast new retail space and 49 apartments.

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500 N Milwaukee

In January, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a developer's plan to erect two new structures on Milwaukee Avenue, just north of Grand and Halsted. The proposal includes 221 apartments, 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 113 parking spaces. However, the stretch is still waiting for action 10 months later. Previously >>

1001 W. Chicago Avenue

The Chicago Plan Commission has recently approved a developer's plan to bring 360 apartment units and 35,000 square feet of retail space to the 1.8 acre property that was once owned and operated by the Gonnella Baking Company.
Previously >>

LG Development Polish Triangle apartments

LG Development proposed this seven story glass and steel retail and residential project earlier this year, which would replace the buildings between 1237-1253 N. Milwaukee Avenue and 1230-1240 N. Ashland Avenue with 58 apartments and nearly 13,000 square feet of retail space.
Previously >>

Centrum Partners Division Apartments

A vacant stretch of Division Street may soon make way for a seven story development that would deliver 77 apartments, roughly 12,000 square feet of ground level retail space and 39 parking spaces to the dense southeast end of Wicker Park.
Previously >>

Northwest Tower Hotel

The old Northwest Tower in the center of Wicker Park's six corners intersection is being transformed into a 120 room hotel.
Previously >>

LG Development Six Corners development

In addition to the Polish Triangle project, LG Development wants to add apartments, retail and possibly office space to Milwaukee Avenue near Wicker Park's six corners. The plan calls for 36 apartments and 7,400 square feet of retail space.
Previously >>

1739 N Milwaukee

Before the real estate crash, a developer sought to convert this abandoned vintage building into eight lofts. However, it is now being developed by Marc Residential Realty who wants to turn it into a pricey apartment building with eight large units.

Centrum Partners Aldi & Apartments

The upcoming 606 trail and its string of new parks may have been the inspiration for developer Centrum Partners to propose a new mixed-use development along Milwaukee Ave. adjacent to the new rails-to-trails project. The plan is to demolish the existing Aldi grocery store and build a new 171,426 square foot building with 128 apartment units and over 19,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a new Aldi.
Previously >>

Northwestern Medical Center

Right across the street from the Bucktown Aldi is a vacant lot that will soon sprout a medical center operated by Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Previously >>

The Row

MCZ Development will soon bring 24 row houses to a large vacant stretch of land on Winnebago Avenue. The homes are expected to be delivered mid 2015.
Previously >>

Spearhead Properties Armitage Apartments

Spearhead Properties wants to demolish an old industrial facility on Armitage Avenue and erect a two building development that will contain 78 apartments, 6,500 square feet of ground level retail and 55 parking spaces.Previously >>

PMG Apartments

Developer Property Markets Group is looking to bring 120 apartments, 5,246 square feet of ground level retail and 67 parking spaces to a vacant stretch of Milwaukee Avenue near the Congress Theater. The developer originally proposed a huge monolithic development for the site, but went back to the drawing board and tapped architects Brininstool + Lynch to completely redesign the project.
Previously >>

Dual tower TOD

The former Max Gerber showroom across the street from the California Blue Line station could make way for a dual tower apartment and retail development. The plan comes from Rob Buono, former Intelligentsia Coffee co-CEO and developer of the city's first sanctioned transit-oriented development, 1611 W Division Street. If the project moves forward as is, 231 new residences and a combined 7,100 square feet of ground level retail space would come in the form of a 10 and 14 story tower on Milwaukee Avenue.
Previously >>

California Studios

Originally billed as a high density single-room occupancy style micro-apartment development, this project received a tremendous backlash from Logan Square residents who fought to keep the proposal from going forward. Developer Enrico Plati reintroduced the plan in August which called for 56 apartments, of varying sizes.
Previously >>

SNS Realty Condos

A long vacant stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Logan Square is currently transforming into a stretch of condos and ground level retail. Once completed, the row of new construction will introduce 18 new condos to the neighborhood.
Previously >>

Mega Mall

Logan Square's Discount Mega Mall, a large indoor flea market, was recently purchased and developer Terraco Inc. has proposed demolishing the existing buildings on the 2.55 acre site and replacing them with a development that would bring 166,390 square feet of retail space, 426 total parking spaces and possibly some apartments to Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood.
Previously >>

Logan Square Orchard & Plaza

A stretch of CTA-owned property on Milwaukee Avenue near the Illinois Centennial Monument is looking to sprout an apple orchard and a plaza. The plan would bring the city's first "urban orchard" to Logan Square.
Previously >>

IL Centennial Monument Roundabout

CDOT and the CTA are currently studying a plan that could completely reshape the roundabout surrounding the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square.
Previously >>

Logan Square Blue Line Plaza

Alderman Rey Colon and the Metropolitan Planning Council recently wrapped up a series of meetings to discuss the future of the 67,000 square feet of underutilized city-owned space surrounding the Logan Square Blue Line station. The space is likely to make way for a combination of residences, retail and green space.
Previously >>

Goldblatt's Building Apartments

The historic Goldblatt's Building at the Milwaukee, Kimball and Diversey intersection will soon boast new retail space and 49 apartments.