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DeVry University Coming To Former Sears Building In Ravenswood

The school is a "good fit," said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th).

Rendering of what the redevelopment at the former Sears in Ravenswood could look like.
Rendering courtesy Springbank Real Estate Group
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RAVENSWOOD — DeVry University will be taking over the first floor retail space in the former Sears building at 1900 W. Lawrence Ave.

“It appears the site would have trade school programing,” Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said. 

The planned $40 million redevelopment is moving forward now that for-profit college DeVry University has leased about 17,500 square feet on the ground floor, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Last year developer Springbank Capital Advisors said the site of the former department store, which opened in the 1920s and was one of the oldest in the Sears chain, would be renovated into 59 apartments, 91 parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

Messages left with representatives from Springbank and DeVry asking for more information were not returned Wednesday. 

Community feedback on the developer’s initial plans for a Binny’s Beverage Depot were rejected by neighbors. 

“After that the developers went to look for a good fit based on the community feedback they got. I think DeVry will be a good fit for the community,” Pawar said.

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