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On April 13, the developer, the local alderman, the mayor and others attended a topping-off ceremony for the Chicago + Main mixed-used development at 847 Chicago Ave.

“This corner of Main Street and Chicago Avenue has long stood vacant waiting for the return of commercial vibrancy, said Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose Third Ward encompasses the project area. “This has always been an interesting and vital community, and this building adds to that.

“The addition of new retail to complement the existing unique retail offered in this neighborhood and the addition of new daytime office users and residents will support this corner of Evanston. Now that the building has ‘topped off,’ I look forward to seeing the building continue to come together,” she added.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said the building, a transit-oriented development, contributes to the neighborhood, which she said has fabulous retail shops and “is a happening place.”

“The topping off of our building is a tremendous milestone for the entire development team, most importantly the union tradesmen who worked through sub-zero temperatures as well as 90-degree heat to meet this important goal,” said Riverside Investment & Development Company CEO John O’Donnell. “All of us, including the Riverside team, Power Construction, their subcontractors, bankers, partners, as well as the City officials can share with pride in this important accomplishment.”

“If the weather is cooperating, we’ll be done in four months,” said Mr. O’Donnell.

The nine-story Chicago + Main mixed-use, transit-oriented development will feature ground floor retail space, second-floor office space, and 112 residential units.