February Chicago Street Journal April 2017
Alderman Dowell Celebrates
Historic Grand Opening of the
Rosenwald Courts Apartments.
Fulfilling a promise she made when
first elected, Alderman Pat Dowell
hosted the historic grand opening of
the new Rosenwald Courts Apartments
located on 47th Street between
Michigan Ave. and Wabash
Ave. Vacant since 2000, the Rosenwald
was home to such African-
American luminaries as the poet
Gwendolyn Brooks, boxer Joe Lewis,
music producer Quincy Jones and
singer Nat "King" Cole.
The building was originally developed
in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald,
President of Sears Roebuck & Company,
as housing for African-
American residents during the time
of strict segregation. The renovated
Rosenwald Courts Apartments now
boasts 239 updated one- and twobedroom
units for seniors and families.
Additionally, the building contains
thousands of square feet of retail
space on the first floor, with prospective
tenants including: Sip and
Savor, Illinois Service Federal Bank,
Michelle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
and a small grocery store.
Thank you to everyone who made
this wonderful project possible.
Thank you to Mayor Rahm Emanuel
and the entire team at the Department
of Planning and Development
for their hard work, Eugene Jones
CEO of the CHA, David Roos and
Jim Bergman - the developers of this
great building - and their development
teams at Iceberg Development,
Evercore Cos, RCAP LP, the Lightengale
Group and Roos Enterprises
Inc., community activist Bobbie
Johnson and the countless others
who made this dream a reality.