Teachers Square, in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side, is located at 2620 West Hirsch Street on the 2.37 acre block bounded by West Hirsch Street, North Talman Avenue, and North Rockwell Street. Teachers Square is within the historic Puerto Rican cultural district, is located two blocks from the 207-acre Humboldt Park, and is adjacent to popular neighborhoods including Bucktown, Logan Square, and Wicker Park.
The development seeks to renovate the former DeDuprey and Von Humboldt elementary school building and maintain it as a community asset for the East Humboldt Park neighborhood. Teachers Square will provide up to 85 rental apartments for teachers and include nonprofit office/flex space and a 10,000 square foot “community as campus” space inside the building, where teachers, students, and community life-long learners all can come to together to further their degrees or participate in continuing education classes and workshops taught on-line and in-person by instructors who are entrepreneurs, successful practitioners in their fields, and professors from local and national universities.
The development will also include new construction of 30 market-rate loft apartments, a fitness center, a parking garage, and a 16,000 square foot market with communal tables, prepared foods and cooking demonstrations to serve both residents of Teachers Square and the local community. A few market-rate town homes may be included as well. These uses will be centered by what was formerly the school’s parking lot, which will be converted into a dynamic, green central plaza where community members, teachers, students, and residents can meet over a cup of coffee to review a lesson, share a picnic, watch a movie projected on the screened garage façade, or participate in year-round programmed activities.
Source: RBH Group