Two Redevelopments Move Forward Along Milwaukee Avenue

PREVIOUS rendering of Kay Shoes Redevelopment by SEEK Design + Architecture

Two redevelopments have been announced along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square and Avondale. On the northern end is the redevelopment of the former Kay Shoes building at 2839 N Milwaukee Avenue. On the southern end, initial details were revealed for a potential redevelopment of the former Father & Son Restaurant at 2479 N Milwaukee Avenue.

Current proposed elevation of Kay Shoes Redevelopment by Ridgeland Associates

Kay Shoes building – 2839 N Milwaukee Avenue

Rising two stories in height on the intersection of N Dawson Avenue, the structure and its iconic marquee sign will be restored by developer Miller Chicago Real Estate into a mixed-use building. Designed by local firm Ridgeland Associates, the project received its building permit approval earlier this week for its updated proposal. No timeline has been announced but the work will be executed by Alpine Builders and Remodeling Corp.

Current proposed ground floor plan of Kay Shoes Redevelopment by Ridgeland Associates

Originally imagined to contain only retail on the ground floor, the revised plans for the 11,500-square-foot structure call for additional residential units on the first floor instead. In total there will be six apartments made up of one studio, three one-bedrooms, and two two-bedroom layouts. This will be complemented by a 4,000-square-foot commercial space dedicated to salon suites from Runaway Studios Chicago.

View of former Father & Son Restaurant via UMJ

Father & Son Restaurant – 2479 N Milwaukee Avenue

Another local icon, initial details of the redevelopment were revealed by Block Club earlier this week. Led by Halcyon Development Company and Design Group, the building and its ornate facade as well as the empty lot to the north are part of the proposal. Potentially preserving the existing street front, a new structure will rise four stories tall with nine condominiums and ground-floor retail designed by Hanna Architects.

Current view of former Father & Son Restaurant by Ariel Parrella-Aureli via Block Club

Residents will have access to their own balconies as well as a shared rooftop deck. We can expect much of the structure to be clad in brick with metal panel accents as well. As the proposal does not need any city approval, the developer has been working with Alderman La Spata and Preservation Chicago to find a way to keep the original facade. Further details are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

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8 Comments on "Two Redevelopments Move Forward Along Milwaukee Avenue"

  1. chicago yimby onnly getting two articles a day and most of it is small minute <5 story developments…nasty work. Brandon Johnson and the rest of you progressives who have made this city stagnant will all pay.

    • Oh would you shut up, I’m no longer a really a fan of Brandon Johnson, as with many other progressives, but he doesn’t have control over the rather national phenomenon of the high mortgage rates, which is stalling development all across the country.

      • Exactly…it’s a tough environment for finding funding to do much of anything right now, build a building or build a new startup company.

    • Hey Roger! If you read the page regularly you know Jack stepped away so we are in the process of coordinating a replacement to get us back up to 3-per day. As for the subject matter, there’s plenty going around Chicago and I believe these small project’s that add life to many places are worth coverage!


      • Oh wow, I didn’t know Jack C. had stepped away. Thank you, Jack, for your tremendous contributions to this blog.

      • I completely agree- small projects are the backbone of any property market. Indeed, Chicago could grow significantly with just 3-story infill in existing vacant lots. We love to watch the larger projects, but we must not forget the important of the single-family, two-flat, and three-flat market, plus small live-above units.

    • Razorback_8205 | May 12, 2024 at 3:47 pm | Reply

      Blogs like this do so well because, most of the time, adults are in the room having insightful, mature conversations. Unfortunately, sometimes, those with arrested development slip through the cracks.

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