Construction on Northwestern Medicine’s Irving Park healthcare facility ramps up

At 4445 West Irving Park, work on the parking-deck ramp is pun-derway.

The team of Power Construction and UJAMAA Construction have been hard at work getting the new Northwestern Medicine healthcare facility above street level at 4445 West Irving Park. This one’s only going up to four stories, as CannonDesign creation will top out relatively soon-ish, with just three more levels to go.

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Beneath the surface, work for Northwestern Medicine at 4445 W. Irving Park continues

The tower crane at 4445 W Irving Park

Ride the #80 bus past 4445 West Irving Park Road and you won’t see many new signs of construction on Northwestern Medicine’s 4-story facility. But get off the bus and take a peek into the abyss and you’ll see there’s a lot going on below street level. The block-long site still looks like a deep excavation, but not nearly as deep as the first visit back in April.

Compare those April photos to the gallery below, and you’ll see how far the tag-team of Power Construction and UJAMAA Construction has come on the CannonDesign facility.

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Northwestern Medicine digs in at 4445 W Irving Park Road

Northwestern Medicine is putting up a four-story building at 4445 W Irving Park.

There’s a very large, very organized hole in the ground at 4445 West Irving Park Road in Irving Park. Soon, a new four-story building for Northwestern Medicine will rise from it, bringing medical offices and lots of parking.

Power Construction is on the build, with an assist from UJAMAA Construction. CannonDesign is the design architect.

You can find a wealth of information at this link from Lukas over at Urbanize Chicago.

Currently, this is Chicago’s northernmost and westernmost tower crane.

Permits were issued for:
overall construction on 12/21/21
the tower crane on 10/28/21
demolition of 4441 W Irving Park on 07/17/20
demolition of 4447 W Irving Park on 07/16/20
demolition of 4457 W Irving Park on 07/16/20

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Demolition underway at former Park View Lutheran Church and School (updated**)

Park View Lutheran Church

The former Park View Lutheran Church, currently being demolished in Irving Park.

There are four new single-family homes coming to the Irving Park neighborhood, as demolition crews have already begun demolishing the Park View Lutheran Church & School that stood on the site. Most of the school is already gone; the church, built in 1929, hasn’t been started yet. But it will vanish soon as well.

The parish house at 3921 North Monticello. Will it be saved?

The parish house at 3921 North Monticello. Will it be saved?

In its place will be four new single-family homes from MK Construction & Builders of 2000 North Milwaukee Avenue. MK’s website touts 3400-3800-square-foot, 2-story masonry structures. There have been four building permits on file with the city since July and August, showing that each home will include a two-car garage. MK Construction will act as its own general contractor. The homes are designed by Pro-Plan Architects of Streamwood, IL.

At 3921 North Monticello stands a parish house connected to the church. A demolition permit issued in August included 3913 through 3921 to be demolished, but the latest demo permit names only for 3913. No response yet from MK Construction as to whether or not 3921 will be saved or destroyed.

3913 North Monticello

This rendering from MK Construction & Builders shows the homes coming to 3913-3919 North Monticello.

Nothing stirs the emotions like demolition of an old church, and since I was told I couldn’t take or post any photos of this demolition, here’s a huge gallery of them, because get over yourself, dude.

** I received an email this morning from the marketing director at MK Construction, who informs me 3921 will NOT be demolished.