Come fall, the Bank of America is moving into that lovely old terra cotta building at 4756 Racine, adjacent to the Riviera Theatre. A renovation is currently underway, as you can see from our essay in scaffolding.
Property manager Greg Berkowitz says the owner, who he declined to identify, is now scouting for tenants to fill the upper floors.
Yo’s truly can think of some far more interesting ways to fill this highly visible building than another bank, but it’s heartening to see a large, stable institution display confidence in Uptown’s revitalization, and this development can only spur further improvements in this beautiful, but rundown corner of Chicago. On a slightly different note: at what point, do you think, does a neighborhood have too many banks?