Monday, October 12, 2020

"Keim Furs" building at 1820 West Foster Ave in Lincoln Square / Ravenswood demolished

I've passed the Keim Furs sign my entire life - either living nearby as I do now or visiting family in the area when I was growing up. The vintage building was sold for $980,000 in 2018 and demolished last week. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

The "Keim Furs" building at 1820 West Foster, Chicago IL 606025 in Ravenswood / Lincoln Square has been demolished.  The property was sold in 2018 to a development company by the Keim family for $980,000 according to public records.  The B1-2 zoning allows for many, many uses as of right or special use permit.

Mixed use two-story building with a couple apartments over street level retail.

Big Joe's bar is to the right on the corner.

Many North Siders and visitors to the area have seen the "Keim Furs" sign for generations. The fur business storefront looked closed up and dingy for years. I'm not clear of they are still in business somewhere else. In any event it's a classic, vintage sign on a two-story mixed use building.  This area of  Lincoln Square / Ravenswood located in 1+ Chappell and Amundsen school districts is very desirable for residential and business development. 

This area is at the intersection of the Ravenswood/ Andersonville / Bowmanville neighborhoods of Lincoln Square, Uptown and Edgewater community areas.  It's a great area if you like restaurants, breweries, cafes, local shopping and good schools! There is no permit for the new construction and I have not seen any zoning / variance applications submitted to the 40th Ward as of yet. My guess is it will be four residential units with retail on the ground floor.  However I can also see a fully commercial endeavor at this location.

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