Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Takes Title To Shuttered Motel Where He Camped On Roof

Two weeks after ending a 94-day stay atop an abandoned motel on King Drive, Woodlawn minister Rev. Corey Brooks has taken title to it.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

A Prairie style home and cottage -- designed by John Van Bergen, an associate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- located in Wilmette has been sold to a developer who specializes in teardowns, but who might spare the historic structures after learning of their history. (Photo courtesy

Historic Wilmette Home Could Be Spared From Wrecking Ball

A contractor who specializes in tear-downs is buying a historic Prairie-style home and cottage on adjoining lots in east Wilmette, but preservationists say the chances for saving both are looking good.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2012

Shepherd's Temple Baptist Church, originally built as the Anshe Kanesses Israel synagogue, is vacant and slated for demolition, but activists are seeking to save the 100-year-old structure. (Photo courtesy Preservation Chicago)

Activists Trying To Save 100-Year-Old Synagogue On West Side

An historic West Side synagogue has been from the wrecking ball for at least one more day.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2012

Dixie Square Mall

Dixie Square Mall Finally Meets With Wrecking Crews

Wrecking crews will be finishing the job that The Blues Brothers started more than 30 years ago – demolishing the Dixie Square Mall in south suburban Harvey.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Dixie Square Mall

Demolition Going Ahead At Last At Long-Abandoned Dixie Square Mall

Demolition is finally underway at the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, more than 33 years after the mall closed.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2012

Purple Hotel

Developer Wants To Restore, Revive Lincolnwood’s Purple Hotel

The demolition of the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood has been anticipated for nearly five years, but now an investor from Skokie wants to restore and preserve it.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

Rush University Medical Center

Rush Unveils State-Of-The-Art New Hospital Building

Rush University Medical Center on Thursday is dedicating its new, state-of-the-art hospital building.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Blues Brothers

Demolition Of Famed ‘Blues Brothers’ Mall May Begin This Week

Demolition of the decaying remnants of Harvey’s Dixie Square Mall could begin by year’s end.


Purple Hotel

Plans Moving Ahead To Redevelop Site Of Old Lincolnwood Hotel

Demolition and redevelopment are one step closer for a long-vacant Lincolnwood Hotel with a colorful exterior and a seedy history.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2011

Brand Brewery

Preservationists Mobilize To Save Historic Elston Avenue Brewery

Preservationists are trying to save a historic brewery complex on Elston Avenue from being torn down to make way for a big-box store parking lot.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

222 S. Riverside Plaza

Building That Planner Wants Torn Down Gets New Name

You might not have known the name of the high-rise building that hangs over the main concourse of Union Station to begin with, but on Friday it is acquiring the name of its primary tenant, Fifth Third Bank.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2011

Scales Of Justice

Feds: City Of Joliet Is Displacing African-American Residents

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Joliet, alleging it is violating fair housing laws by moving to condemn a 1960s era federally-subsidized affordable housing development.

WBBM Newsradio–08/05/2011

Cline Avenue Bridge

Unstable Bridge Could Get Reprieve In Indiana

An unstable bridge, which has been the object of much debate, could get a reprieve in Northwest Indiana.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2011

Cabrini-Green Demolition

Demolition Begins On Last Cabrini-Green High-Rise

Demolition has begun on the last high-rise standing in the Cabrini-Green public housing development.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2011

Last Cabrini-Green High Rise

Cabrini-Green Set For Demolition

After 58 years, the once-sprawling Cabrini-Green housing complex finally closes its last high-rise today after the last tenant moved out today.


Michael Reese Hospital

Architecture Critics Sound Off On Reese Demolition

Chicago’s leading architecture critics are voicing disappointment at the city’s decision to demolish the 103-year-old main building at Michael Reese Hospital.

CBS Chicago–11/05/2010

Michael Reese Hospital

City To Tear Down Historic Reese Hospital Building

Going back on a promise to preservation groups, city officials announced Wednesday that the main hospital building at the former Michael Reese Hospital campus would be torn down by the end of the year.

CBS Chicago–11/03/2010

This is all that's left of Francis Funches' Austin property, which the city bulldozed recently. (CBS)

City Demolishes House Without Warning Owner

Frances Funches was preparing to rehab her fire-damaged property in Austin, when the Chicago Building Department demolished it without notifying her.

CBS 2–10/18/2010