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To be Demolished

810 W. 18th St.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Year: 1891
Architect: Unknown
Owner: Lith-O-Roll Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a 1 story frame commercial building.
Status: Demolition permit issued 10/16/12

Additional Details

Boldly written on the building is "Boycott Express Grill, go to Jim's - 6 Blocks [Arrow]." Express Grill opened a location immediately east of this building in 2011. The opening was controversial, with Alderman Danny Solis putting a hold on the business license after local complaints about a late night fast food spot on the corner.

No one connected with the property could be contacted regarding the message. Graffiti requests were made to 311 in 2011 and just recently on September 24, but the requests were for a fence and a pole, not for the writing on the building. When contacted, employees from each restaurant didn't have much to say. Jim's employees responded, "Jim's got the best Polish -- I don't know about the other restaurant. I don't know about that sign. But you should come down and try us." An Express Grill employee replied, "I don't know about the sign. Nobody supports him. I don't know what his problem is. Maybe he's just a grouch. Our customers have no complaints over years and years and years."

Nearby business Lith-O-Roll Chicago recently purchased this building for reasons they are not yet publicizing.

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