City of Chicago Announces $8M in City Support for Historic Preservation Projects

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Adopt-A-Landmark grants valued at more than $8 million will help restore more than a dozen historic buildings citywide, including former banks in Austin and the Near West Side, a pair of performance venues in Uptown, and a former brewery-tied house in Englewood, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced on Tuesday. Selected from 31 proposals submitted to the Department of Planning and Development’s Historic Preservation Division in 2023, the grants will help pay for qualified interior and exterior restoration work valued at more than $150 million. Projects were evaluated based on readiness, location, impact, funding, and need, among other criteria. The award amounts and projects include: 

Former Mid-City Trust Bank, 801 W. Madison Ave., Near West Side 
$1.3 million to preserve a 112-year-old bank building as part of a $53 million adaptive re-use as a hotel and retail space. 

Double Door Theater, 1050 W. Wilson Ave., Uptown 
$125,000 for the window and masonry component of a $9.9 million conversion of a 1909 theater as a performance venue. 

Pioneer Arcade, 1535 N. Pulaski, Humboldt Park 
$510,000 to help restore the terra cotta facade and interior lobby of a former recreation complex built in 1925; part of a $23.5 million residential conversion.  

Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Uptown  
$250,000 for the masonry component of a $1.9 million restoration of a 98-year-old ballroom. 
The Adopt-a-Landmark Fund provides grants to support the restoration of designated Chicago Landmarks.  Grants are provided through the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system, which is funded through fees paid by certain downtown development projects.

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