CHICAGO-The Chicago Commission on Landmarks has voted to recommend that the City Council extend landmark status to the area known as Motor Row along South Michigan Ave.

Built mostly in the very early part of the century, the 56 buildings in the district are considered one of the largest groups of former automobile dealerships in the country. Many owners of buildings in the area have expressed strong opposition to the extension of landmark status to the district because that could interfere with future development plans for the area. Residential construction around the south edges of the Downtown has been booming and some owners have expressed an interest in tearing down their properties to build condos.

The Landmarks Commission may face a tough time getting its recommendation approved by the City Council. Alderman Burt Natarus of the 42nd Ward has expressed opposition to granting landmark status to Motor Row. Natarus is backing the huge 26-acre, $1.5 billion Lakeside East development along the Chicago River.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.



Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join now!

  • Free unlimited access to's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2024 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.