Buena Park Neighbors, the block club whose area includes Thorek Hospital and the 1920 building that until recently housed Nick's Uptown, has put out a newsletter this afternoon with more information about the situation there and Thorek's possible plans for the building:
"As you may know, Thorek Memorial Hospital has purchased the building at 4015 N. Sheridan. As of last Saturday, Nick's Uptown is no longer in business. There has been a lot of concern about what is going to happen to the now vacant building. Bill Petty, who is currently president of Buena Park Neighbors, met with Ned Budd, CEO of Thorek Memorial Hospital, yesterday afternoon and this is what he found out:We urge you to take the steps identified in UU earlier this week to ensure the preservation of this piece of Uptown history. Further thanks to BPN for finding out more about the situation and informing residents about what's going on.
Why did they buy it? They have been negotiating with Nick's on and off for the past few years and just recently came to a price that both parties accepted. They made the purchase because they have plans to expand their campus sometime in the future and they didn't want to miss this opportunity to acquire this property.
Are they gong to tear it down? They have no immediate plans to tear the building down. When it come time to build they will most likely want to tear it down, however, they are open to building around it if necessary (as in the case of Landmark status).
How about the facade? They emphatically stated that the facade will be preserved no matter what. One of three options will occur: (1) If they keep the building the facade stays; (2) If they tear the building down they will either incorporate the facade into the new building, or (3) sell the facade to another organization that would dismantle it and re-install it at another site.
Why don't they rent the building back to Nick's Uptown until they are ready to build? They are a non-profit organization and legally cannot own a bar.
Could the building have Landmark status? A request for Landmark status has already been submitted to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks by a concerned citizen and according to the Alderman's office, they should be hearing something back next week."