Monday, April 23, 2018

The Wellington/Southport and Lincoln development looks to be back on track

After years of starting and stopping construction, along with rendering changes, it appears that the stalled mixed-use development has started the marketing process for obtaining new retailers. The rendering has greatly changed since 2017, and construction should be restarting soon. 

From the leasing brochure:
"Newly renovated, magnificent Lake View retail space on the prominent CORNER of Southport, Wellington, and Lincoln Avenues. This property sits in the doorway of one of Chicago's busiest retail corridors. Retail spaces are 1,566 sf., 1,800 sf., 2,015 sf. or 3,581 sf. Office space on the 2nd floor is 6,600 sf and divisible to 2,600 sf. Ideal uses include retail, restaurant, service retail, salon, school, daycare, co-working, medical etc. Steps from the Wellington and Diversey Brown/Purple line platforms. Be a part of the incredible revitalization of the Lincoln and Southport intersection which has seen an explosion in new businesses and property development."
See the full listing here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What a difference almost 100 years can make at Wrigley Field

The 1930's to today - a remarkable difference at the Friendly Confines!  The Park at Wrigley now known as Gallagher Way, was once a coal yard with train tracks running directly through it.

From The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal:

"The land where Wrigley Field itself stands was never itself a coal yard, but it was actually surrounded by coal yards, as well as freight rail lines and lumber yards, at the turn of the century and well into its history. And even earlier, the site of the ballpark itself was home to a Lutheran seminary, which is where Seminary Avenue got its name.

Wrigley Field - Clark Street looking North. 1935

The Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary opened there in 1891. Despite the fact that there was already one coal yard right across the street, the Lutheran minister who built the seminary thought it would be a peaceful place for his students’ quiet contemplation. But soon, coal and lumber yards took over much of the area, attracted by the Chicago and Evanston railroad (later the Milwaukee Road). The young seminarians complained of the coal yard’s “smoke, dust, grime, soot, dirt, foul gases; railroading by night and day; whistles, ding-donging of bells late and early and in between times…the unsanctified men in charge sending the unsterilized particles, odors and speech into the homes, eyes and ears of the seminary habitats.” The seminary abandoned the site and moved to Maywood in 1910.

That same year, Federal League founder and Chicago Federals (later named the Chicago Whales) ball-club owner Charles Weeghman decided to build his team’s new ballpark at Clark and Addison.

Sahara Coal

The ballpark was completed in 1915 and Weeghman’s Whales won the Federal League pennant that same year. In what was perhaps a harbinger for future occupants of the stadium, the Federal League folded shortly after, and the Cubs moved into the park in 1916 under owner William Wrigley Jr. and Weeghman Park became Wrigley Field in 1926.

1945 World Series at Wrigley Field.

Still, the coal yards stuck around for longer than you might think. The Wright and Company coal yard across Clark Street operated until 1938, and the coal yard Collins and Wiese Coal Company with five hulking silos on Seminary Avenue and Clark Street operated until 1961."

Monday, April 2, 2018

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