About this site
This informational website was created in response to the continuous flow of interest and inquiries regarding the history and future of the abandoned Saint Boniface property located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at the corner of Chestnut and Noble streets in Chicago.
This website is not associated with The Archdiocese of Chicago and does not have access to any records of former parishioners. We suggest inquiries concerning such information be directed to The Archdiocese of Chicago's Archives and Records Department
This website does not own or manage the Saint Boniface property and cannot grant access to the church or grounds. We suggeste all inquiries of this nature be directed to the current owner and operator Carefree Development LLC
Thank you for your interest and please check back as this website will be updated as new information becomes available to the community and is made public.
Carefree Development LLC is the current owner of the Saint Boniface church building and property
Most Recent Update
March 9, 2015
SBI apologizes for the late update and will, in the future, strive to publish information in a more timly manner.
In late January The Neighbors of Saint Boniface met with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr., Also in the meeting was Lawrence Grisham, Managing Deputy Commissioner / Housing Bureau at City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. The meeting focused on a plan by Carefree Development LLC that includes 112 one and two bedroom “workforce” rental units.
Citing the number of "workforce" units already in the area and the impact such large development would have on the community, The Neighbors of Saint Boniface informed Alderman Burnett and Mr. Grisham that they are not in support of Carefree's proposed rental development.
The NSB also stressed to Mr. Burnett and Mr. Grisham that the current direction of the area is towards larger family type housing. As example they cited the recent construction of single-family homes and larger condominium units near St. Boniface. NSB also cited the recent $500,000 renovation of the children's playground at Eckhart Park and Ogden School as examples of the City's, and community's, commitment to providing a welcomed family-oriented neighborhood. NSB suggested that there are most likely other developers who would be interested in the property and meeting the needs and wishes of the community.
At the conclusion of the meeting both Mr. Burnett and Mr. Grisham said that they “would support what the community wants.”
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