Work to start on new Howard Brown clinic in Lake View

The five-story facility at 3501 N. Halsted St. will expand services for LGBTQ patients.

SHARE Work to start on new Howard Brown clinic in Lake View
A rendering of the Howard Brown Health clinic planned at 3501 N. Halsted St.

A rendering of the Howard Brown Health clinic planned at 3501 N. Halsted St.

Provided

Howard Brown Health is starting construction Friday on a $44 million clinic allowing it to expand health services in Lakeview.

The five-story, 71,000-square-foot building is expected to open in 2023. Howard Brown executives said the building at 3501 N. Halsted St. is designed to serve 23,000 patients a year compared with the 7,500 patients seen annually at its current location, 3245 N. Halsted.

The new building will include Howard Brown’s first North Side dental practice, increased room for behavioral health treatment and more services for HIV prevention and care, the organization said. A spokesperson said the site initially will accommodate a staff of about 100 that should grow over time to 160.

Howard Brown has 11 locations around Chicago, but its historic heart is in the Northalsted LGBTQ community within Lake View. The new clinic has been designed by Chicago-based Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

“Howard Brown Health is thrilled with this next step in increasing access to affirming health care services for the LGBTQ+ community on the North Side,” President and CEO David Ernesto Munar said. “Howard Brown has proudly served the Northalsted community for nearly 50 years. We strive to be a reliable safe space for anyone looking for culturally competent health and wellness services, and we hope our new site contributes to preserving the LGBTQ+ culture of the historic neighborhood.”

The new clinic will replace a one-story building that included Little Jim’s Tavern, one of the community’s first gay bars. It closed in 2020.

The organization has a long-term lease at 3245 N. Halsted, but a spokesperson said a future use of the property is yet to be decided.

The Latest
Hundreds gathered for a memorial service for Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, a mysterious QR code mural enticed Taylor Swift fans on the Near North Side, and a weekend mass shooting in Back of the Yards left 9-year-old Ariana Molina dead and 10 other people wounded, including her mother and other children.
Chicago artist Jason Messinger created the murals in 2018 during a Blue Line station renovation and says his aim was for “people to look at this for 30 seconds and transport them on a mini-vacation of the mind. Each mural is an abstract idea of a vacation destination.”
The artist at Goodkind Tattoo in Lake View incorporates hidden messages and inside jokes to help memorialize people’s furry friends.
MV Realty targeted people who had equity in their homes but needed cash — locking them into decadeslong contracts carrying hidden fees, the Illinois attorney general says in a new lawsuit. The company has 34,000 agreements with homeowners, including more than 750 in Illinois.
The bodies of Richard Crane, 62, and an unidentified woman were found shot at the D-Lux Budget Inn in southwest suburban Lemont.