Permits Issued for 1021 W Polk Street in Little Italy

Site of 1021 W Polk Street prior to demolitionSite of 1021 W Polk Street prior to demolition, via Google Maps

Construction permits have been issued for a three-story residential building located at 1021 W Polk Street in Little Italy. Polk Building LLC is the developer, whose plans include five total units, as well as a rooftop deck and stair enclosure, a basement, a front first-floor terrace, multiple deck areas, and a rear concrete parking pad with five spaces.

John Hanna of Hanna Architects is the listed architect of record. No drawings or renderings have been made available, though the multiple listed masonry contractors likely indicate a brick design.

Situated just west of University of Illinois Chicago’s main campus, the property resides near several buses, such as Routes 7 and 60 via a five-minute walk north. Other buses within a 10-minute walk comprise of Route 126 to the north, Route 8 to the east, and Routes 12 and 157 to the south.

For those looking to board CTA L trains, the closest Blue Line service can be found at the UIC-Halsted station via a seven-minute walk north.

The current construction will replace a two-story masonry building. PNA Development Inc. is the acting general contractor for the $1,432,200 construction. A completion timeline has not yet been revealed.

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3 Comments on "Permits Issued for 1021 W Polk Street in Little Italy"

  1. Was the existing masonry wall structure unsalvageable? You can build up and inside an building like that pretty easily if it’s structurally sound. It’s a shame we are losing so much of this classic Chicago building stock.

    • Completely agreed. It’s shocking really that the city hasn’t stepped in. We are losing what makes Chicago so beautiful and unique at an increasingly fast pace. We don’t want to become Anywhere, USA.

  2. Other cities would kill for type of historical development. More sensible cities who have this already find creative reuse pretty easily. What are we doing….

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