Miriam Apartments

Located in a historic district of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, The Miriam Apartments were originally built in 1925 as a home for senior citizens. The four-story brick building was acquired by Mercy Housing in 1991 and transformed into an affordable housing complex for women who were otherwise unable to afford a home, making it the first development of its kind in Illinois. The first floor of the building offers a large community kitchen, recreation room, resident lounge, bike storage, and laundry facilities. The building was named for Sister Miriam Friday and her lifetime of work with Uptown’s poor and homeless.

Amenities and Services

  • Community room
  • Community kitchens on each floor
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Recreation room and resident lounge
  • Case management and referral services
  • Tenant Leadership Program
  • Employment program
  • Creative Writing
  • Art Therapy

Statistics

  • 66 units of supportive housing for single women
  • Handicap accessible and adaptable units available
  • Acquired in 1991
  • Funded by: McKinnney Section 8 Grant and Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LITHC)

Uptown, Chicago, IL

Status

Completed 2020

Unit Count

66

Client

Mercy Housing

Contractor

Linn-Mathes

Consultants

Erikkson Engineering (Civil)

McKay Landscape Architects

Carsello Engineering (structural)

WSP (MEP)

MacRostie Historic Advisors

Architreasures

Photography

Leslie Schwartz