BERWYN – Berwyn was well represented among the winners of this year’s Chicago Association of REALTORS Good Neighbor Awards.
A total of 42 properties, residential, mixed-use and commercial real estate categories were recognized May 22 at Chicago’s Montgomery Club for transforming communities and encouraging a strong sense of civic pride. Five of those properties are in Berwyn, which included an honorable mention for the Safelight AutoGlass building at 538-40 W. Ogden Ave., as well.
Winners were selected based on quality construction, service to a special population, care to complement the surrounding neighborhood, market value and architectural significance.
Recognized Berwyn commercial properties include: 6729, 6815 and 7039 W. Roosevelt Road, and residential properties at 3645 Scoville Ave. and 2118 S. Clinton Ave.
1. Schademann Studios, 6729 W. Roosevelt Road
The 1918 vintage storefront was brought back to nearly original condition following a seven-month restoration. It was noted for bolstering the arts presence on Berwyn’s Roosevelt Road, with culinary, music and visual arts venues within close proximity.
Read our January interview with Schademann Studios owner Matt Schademann at shawurl.com/179l for more information about the renovation.
2. Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road
Wire redeveloped a vacant Teamsters Union Hall, which was originally built as the Oakwyn Theater in 1934, into a collaborative music space. The 10,000-square-foot music venue has a 350-person capacity, a mezzanine with a VIP viewing area and offices and a recording studio. Six small, private classrooms and a student lounge are on the main level. A bar was custom built using reclaimed wood and brick from the building.
3. Smile Fixation, 7039 W. Roosevelt Road
Dr. Berenice Lopez, DDS, acquired and redeveloped a 2,700-square-foot vacant storefront for Smile Fixation, her new family dental practice. The renovation included demolition, interior renovations, including framing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and fire systems and signage.
4 & 5. Classic bungalows, 3645 Scoville Ave. & 2118 Clinton Ave.
Before rehab, the classic Chicago-style bungalow home at 3645 Scoville Ave. was uninhabitable – except for a raccoon’s home in the attic. Now occupied, two bedrooms and two baths were added to the living space. The home is located across the street from Pershing Elementary School and Freedom Park. It, along with the home at 2118 Clinton Ave. were renovated by Jack Shay of Victorian Inc. They are two of eight foreclosed Berwyn homes recently renovated by Jack Shay, who emphasized preservation of the home’s natural wood features, floor plan and windows, while also modernizing them.
Other winning properties include Ping Tom Memorial Park Field House, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood; the first joint Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public School location at 2111 W. 47th St., Chicago; and the iconic former Lake Shore Athletic Club, 850 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.