City Council Approves Sarah’s on Lakeside Residential Development At 4737 N Sheridan Road In Uptown

Rendering of Sarah's on Lakeside by Perkins + Will

The Chicago City Council has approved ‘Sarah’s on Lakeside,’ a residential housing development for homeless women located at 4737 N Sheridan Road in Uptown. The developer behind the project is the non-profit organization Sarah’s Circle with Perkins + Will as the architect for the new structure replacing an empty lot on the corner with W Lakeside Place.

Rendering of Sarah’s on Lakeside by Perkins + Will

As previously reported, the mission of Sarah’s Circle has been to serve women encountering homelessness as well as those who are in need of a safe space since 1979 in Uptown.

The building will rise five floors and will provide 28 single room occupancy (SRO) units as well as on-site office space for Sarah’s Circle. The facility will house a large meeting room, a demo kitchen, a computer lab, as well as laundry rooms for residents. The offices will be on the second floor and will include a conference room with an adjourning outdoor terrace. Plans indicate the presence of six parking spaces alongside the alley.

Typical residential floor plan of Sarah’s on Lakeside by Perkins + Will

The SRO units will be approximately 350 square feet and will feature appliances including a refrigerator, range, microwave, and individual HVAC unit. Each unit will be fully furnished with a bed, dresser, nightstand, and dining set. The organization will provide all residents with essentials like linens, dishes, and cutlery.

4737 N Sheridan Road rendering by Perkins+Will

The backing for the $16 million project includes $4 million in multi-family program funds from the Chicago Department of Housing, as well as roughly $3.85 million in IHDA Supporting Housing Program Funds. An additional $1.35 million was secured through IAHTC proceeds, some $3.1 million come by way of ARO fee-in-lieu funds from the 4600 N Marine Drive development, $2.1 million in IHDA grant money, and $2 million in Sarah’s Circle equity.

The final funding has been secured for the development which means that construction should begin soon. The Sarah’s Circle website indicates a timeline for completion as sometime in summer 2023. Permits for construction have been filed and are awaiting approval.

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3 Comments on "City Council Approves Sarah’s on Lakeside Residential Development At 4737 N Sheridan Road In Uptown"

  1. …this girl needs a face-lift already. Perkins & Will can do better than that.

    • (this was not meant to be sexist….I think the program is noble. The building lacks any personality, character, or attempt to make it a “HOME” for those who need one….it looks like an IRS office.

    • Agreed J. The need is there but the building definitely does not say Welcome Home (unless you are one of the women who will benefit from the development).

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