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Miller’s Pub Getting New Neighbors After Building’s $45 Million Redevelopment

Apartment dwellers have begun moving in above Miller’s Pub downtown, continuing a makeover of a drab stretch of Wabash Avenue beneath elevated trains.

Apartment dwellers have begun moving in above Miller’s Pub downtown, continuing a makeover of a drab stretch of Wabash Avenue beneath elevated trains.

Cedar Street Cos. said it has completed a $45 million redevelopment of the building at Wabash Avenue and Adams Street that is best known for the longtime Loop bar.

The building’s upper floors, which had been office space, were converted to 176 apartments, Cedar Street managing partner Mark Heffron said.

Cedar Street said the 94-year-old building at 30 E. Adams St., formerly known as the Hartmann Building, has been named The Alfred. It’s a reference to the building’s architect, Alfred Alschuler, whose other buildings include the London Guarantee and Accident Building.

The Alfred is the latest change on Wabash Avenue near the $75 million Washington-Wabash CTA train station that opened in 2017. There also have been outdoor spaces created by the Chicago Loop Alliance, along with several new restaurants on the street.

The red former headquarters of CNA Financial, 333 S. Wabash Ave., is undergoing a major redevelopment by John Buck Co. Northern Trust Corp. has leased 462,000 square feet in the 45-story tower, which also is getting a huge, two-level food hall from DMK Restaurants.

The Alfred’s units will be marketed under the developer’s Flats brand. There are 88 studio apartments, 77 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom units.

The building at 30 East Adams Street in Chicago houses Miller’s Pub and includes a redeveloped residential building above, June 20, 2019. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

Cedar Street has built a large portfolio of apartments in and around Uptown on the North Side as well as downtown. Many of its properties have been conversions of historic buildings, including the Lawrence House in Uptown and the Bush Temple of Music in the River North neighborhood.

The redeveloped building will include a Heritage Outpost coffee and bicycle shop on the first floor and basement space. Cedar Street also put two floors atop the former 12-story structure, adding a rooftop deck, lounge and fitness center.

Cedar Street bought the Hartmann Building for $14.3 million in February 2016, according to Cook County property records. The seller was a venture affiliated with Bennett Brothers, a longtime mail-order business that had operated out of the property for decades.

Cedar Street’s redevelopment cost about $45 million, including acquisition of the building, Heffron said. The developer will offset about 20 percent of the construction cost through historic preservation tax credits from the National Park Service, he said.

Cedar Street’s redevelopment included restoration of the brick and terra-cotta facade, hardwood floors and bay windows.

Miller’s Pub, which opened in 1935, closed for six weeks in early 2018 to undergo a $1 million renovation. Its iconic sign was not changed. The bar opened nearby at 23 E. Adams St., but moved to its current location in 1989.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Alfred Alschuler was the architect of the North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe.

 

Chicago Tribune | RYAN ORI

Published online on June 21st, 2019 at 07:47 AM.