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Church barbeque gives way to Walgreens sushi on Armitage

by Joe Zekas on 11/20/12

Back in the day you could count on some of Chicago’s best barbeque outside the Greater Little Rock Church at Armitage and Dayton in the DePaul – Sheffield neighborhood.

The site is slated for development of a 3-story Walgreens, and demolition of the church was far along when I visited yesterday afternoon.

The new store is likely to be patterned after Walgreens new flagship at State and Randolph – not a traditional drugstore but “a retail health and daily living destination” with a sushi bar and more.

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Buster November 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Any idea why the church, built around 1927 was exempted from this landmarked district? Seems a shame they couldn’t at least re-use it like the bank building Walgreens is repurposing at Damen and Milwaukee.


Joe Zekas November 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM


I think all churches are exempt from the landmarking ordinance. First amendment issues and all that.


Buster November 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Gotcha. Too bad. Churches, obviously, have some pretty extraordinary architecture.


Ed Deline November 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Sad – this building has a lot of history as the epicenter of the Lincoln park gentrification struggle of the 1960s. the Young Lords (gang turned community activist) used this as their HQ, and many a battle with the city’s urban renewal department and the Sheffield Neighbor’s association was held here.


ol potatoe head November 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

there is no such thing as “architectural preservation” in Chicago.


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