Carling Hotel

The Carling Hotel was an existing 155-unit single-occupancy hotel that was preserved for low-income residents in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. It is one of 65 remaining licensed SROs in Chicago and was the first SRO sold under the 2014 SRO Preservation Ordinance, an initiative created to protect and generate funds to help preserve SROs as an affordable housing option.

The Carling Hotel underwent a complete historic renovation and re-configuration of the residential floors to add bathrooms and kitchenettes to each room. The new unit count is 80 units, 20% configured for handicapped residents. The existing historic lobby was fully restored and a newly updated MEP system was installed throughout.

Old Town, Chicago, IL


Completed 2018

Unit Count



Michaels Development Company




Terra Engineering (Civil)

McKay Landscape Architects

Carsello Engineering (structural)

Willoughby Engineering (MEP)

MacRostie Historic Advisors

Building Permits, Inc.


The 606 Studio

Mark Ballogg

Leslie Schwartz

Previously Existing Condition