We recently saw the first evidence of something we heard through the grapevine but hadn't confirmed.
Those seeking another banking option at Lawrence and Broadway are in luck, as Evansville, Indiana based Old National Bank is continuing its expansion into Chicago with a new branch at the former Bridgeview Bank Building. Old National merged with First Midwest Bancorp last year.
The new location maintains a drive through (pictured above) for the time being, and access to the location will be Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-noon. The new branch can be reached at 872-365-6925.
With Bridgeview Bank departing, the name for the ongoing Flats rehabilitation project remains up in the air, but nothing we have heard so far suggests that Flats will adopt the names of current tenants (WeWork and Old National) in branding the new building.
Meanwhile, just to the east and north, the owners of the Aragon Ballroom recently applied for a zoning change that will finally, after many years, zone the property correctly. For many years, the rear parking lot has been zoned as residential, and the rezoning will bring the entire property, including the parking lot, into a unified commercial zoning. Expect more details on that process to emerge soon.