Jan 10, 2012. This, I am guessing, was a convent attached to St. Mary of the Angels cathedral across the street. It's been empty as long as I've been in Chicago, and has been expected to be turned into apartments. The land around it is apparently going to be the site of a few townhomes, which makes me wonder if this building is actually going to be demolished. I think it would be fantastic to live in such a building, especially in contrast to living in one of four new and identical homes on the same plot.