Save the Woodruff Shopping Arcade

The shopping arcade at the southeast corner of Broadway and Devon/Sheridan is under threat of demolition. A six story mixed use building is proposed for the site - residential on the top five floors, and retail on the first floor. Fourteen (14) businesses would be displaced, some of which have been there for years.

The Woodruff Arcade is a hidden gem, but a gem nonetheless. It is a unique building type, the precursor of today’s indoor shopping mall, and it is the only one in Edgewater (we once had two). More importantly, it is the only one in all of Chicago. For that reason alone it should be preserved.

The 48th Ward alderman can save this building if there is sufficient community support. Help him do that. Add your voice. Please sign the petition.

Click here to sign the ON-LINE PETITION

Click here to print out a petition that you can sign and mail to the Edgewater History Museum or drop off at the museum or at the following locations: Granville Gallery, 6200 N. Broadway, Greene & Proppe Design, 1209 W. Berwyn (there is a mail slot in the door).

Click here to learn more about the Woodruff Arcade and the other shopping arcade that use to be in Edgewater.

Click here to learn about Chicago’s other shopping arcades.

Click here to learn about similar shopping arcades around the world.

Click here to read the EdgevilleBuzz story about the Woodruff Arcade

Click here to read a June 22, 2017 WBEZ article on the Woodruff Arcade and hear Dennis Rodkin talk about it.