The home of what was one of the nation’s most crime-ridden public housing projects continues its rebirth this weekend when a Target store opens on the site of Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green.
The new store, set to open its doors Sunday, will cover 150,000 square feet and employ as many as 200 people in the city’s Near North Side neighborhood. Read more about the store at NBCChicago.com
“The Green” was a Chicago Housing Authority project built in stages over 20 years starting in 1942. It consisted of more than 3,600 units in rowhouses and high-rises that took on colorful nicknames such as “The Rock,” “The Big O” and “Goldmine” as the project became home to street gangs, violence and poverty. Two Chicago police officers were shot and killed in Cabrini-Green in 1970, and in 1992, a 7-year-old boy’s death caused by a stray bullet gained national headlines.
In 1995, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development took over management of the “The Green” and began demolishing buildings to make way for new development. The last of the high-rises was razed two years ago, with new townhomes and retail projects – including the Target – taking their place.