Comer College Prep Charter School under construction (photo by Lee Bey)
South Chicago Avenue was an industrial backbone of the South and Southeast Side.‚ Many of‚ the old factories and plants are gone, but a stretch of the street in the Greater Grand Crossing community is learning to survive without them, thanks to architecture, urban planning (and the guy who founded Lands' End).
Take a look at the Gary C. Comer College Prep Charter School, designed by Chicago architect John Ronan, which will be completed this year near 72nd St and South Chicago. In addition to the photo above,‚ you also can see renderings of the facility.‚ In our early look, you can see what will be two long rows of windows smiling out onto South Chicago Avenue. The prominent entrance does not stare out at the street from behind a giant parking lot;‚ instead, it squares up to the sidewalk and embraces it.