Chicago Cheat Sheet: GW Properties plans North Side Portillo’s … & more

Also, a doughnut-shaped home in Highland Park sold for less that it did in 2 previous sales

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GW Properties plans first North Side Portillo’s

GW Properties is seeking a zoning change on a commercial building in Avondale, with plans for it to become the first Portillo’s hot dog restaurant on the North Side. The one-story taxi business at 3357 West Addison Street is zoned for industrial and manufacturing use but GW wants to turn it into the third Portillo’s Chicago location, in a $15 million project. [Block Club]

Doughnut-shaped Highland Park home sells for less

A doughnut-shaped home that encircles a swimming pool in Highland Park seems to have lost some of its sweet charm. The Partridge Lane house designed by Keck & Keck sold this week for $1.18 million, about 5 percent below the $1.24 million the seller paid in 2014. It was also 8 percent less than the $1.29 million it sold for in 2001. All nine rooms of the 5,100-square-foot home face the central pool, which has a retractable roof. [Crain’s]

Thompson Center no longer for sale … for now

Gov. Bruce Rauner will not be able to follow through on his pledge to sell the state-owned Thompson Center in the Loop before he leaves office in January. That has given preservationists hope Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will save the building. Rauner has called for the sale of the Helmut Jahn-designed center at 100 West Randolph Street since 2015, but a new report said the state is no longer counting on the $300 million in revenue expected from its sale. Rauner’s office last year released a study showing what the site would look like with three new towers, or just one standing 1,700 feet tall — more than 200 feet taller than the Willis Tower. [Block Club]

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Toms-Price selling iconic Wheaton store to church

Toms-Price furniture is selling its iconic Wheaton store to College Church. The store has been a fixture on the edge of the city’s downtown since the 1950s, and it secured $1.8 million in city tax incentives in 2001 to stay downtown and expand by 25,000 square feet. Toms-Price will lease the property, which also houses indie bookstore Prairie Path Books. [Daily Herald]

Sterling Organization buying Hoffman Estates property for retail building

The Sterling Organization was cleared to build a three-tenant retail building on the former site of Woodfield Motor Sports, east of the Hoffman Plaza shopping center at Golf and Roselle roads in Hoffman Estates. Separate snowmobile and motorcycle shops on the site closed in 2011 and the village bought the property with funding from a tax-increment financing district. The buildings were torn down in 2012 and the village has been looking for a buyer. [Daily Herald]

East Dundee rejects developer’s plan to block off part of Main Street

East Dundee officials nixed a proposed development that would have shut down part of Water Street after opposition from residents. Billitteri Enterprises wanted to tear down a vacant structure at 1 East Main Street and build a four-story complex along the Fox River. [Daily Herald]