Rogers Park business owners oppose proposed mini Target

Vacant lot on Sheridan Road

By Jane Bodmer

A proposed seven-story apartment complex has many Rogers Park residents and business owners upset. The complex, which would be built on land owned by the Chicago Housing Authority on the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road, would include a parking garage, market-rate and affordable housing units, and a controversial mini Target department store.

The addition of the Target, near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore campus, is part of Target’s campaign to put more stores near urban college campuses. However, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce and business owners in the area worry the Target will hurt local businesses.

“We feel there’s not a place for a Target in Rogers Park,” said Bill Morton, president of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. “They’re not offering us anything that we don’t already have, and they’re not giving.”

Target did not respond to Medill Reports requests for a comment.

Photo at top: The proposed apartment complex would replace a vacant lot owned by the Chicago Housing Authority on North Sheridan Road. (Jane Bodmer/MEDILL)