Shuttered Sears Tower in North Lawndale Gets Second Life As Community Hub

By Stephanie Lulay | November 17, 2015 3:48pm |

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by North Lawndale leaders to celebrate the reopening of historic Sears, Roebuck and Co. Tower in North Lawndale. The tower, at 906 S. Homan Ave., will serve as a community hub driving revitalization in the neighborhood.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by North Lawndale leaders to celebrate the reopening of historic Sears, Roebuck and Co. Tower in North Lawndale. The tower, at 906 S. Homan Ave., will serve as a community hub driving revitalization in the neighborhood.

NORTH LAWNDALE — For seven decades, the 14-story Sears Tower on the massive Sears, Roebuck and Co. campus was a symbol of pride and hard work in North Lawndale. At its height, 22,000 Sears employees worked there every day.

But when Sears decided to move its headquarters to the Loop in 1974, those jobs began to leave North Lawndale. Then the distribution facility closed altogether in 1987 and the 3.3 million-square-foot building attached to the tower was later demolished.

Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th), who grew up in the ward he now represents, was just a kid when the Sears campus in North Lawndale started to dismantle around the tower.

“And I [would] ask my father, ‘Why is this building here, and why is everything kind of coming down around it? He explained to me it was symbol for what North Lawndale was,'” he said. click here to continue reading