Howard Brown Health begins construction Friday on a $44 million clinic 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 to 7,500 patients seen each year at its current location. , 3245 N. Halsted.
The new building will include Howard Brown’s first North Side dental practice, more space for behavioral health treatments and more HIV prevention and care services, the organization said. A spokesperson said the site will initially house a team of around 100 people which is expected to grow to 160 over time.
Howard Brown has 11 locations around Chicago, but its historic heart is in Northalsted’s LGBTQ community within Lake View. The new clinic was designed by architects Eckenhoff Saunders of Chicago.
“Howard Brown Health is excited about this next step in improving access to affirmative healthcare services for the North Side LGBTQ+ community,” said President and CEO David Ernesto Munar. “Howard Brown has been proud to serve the Northalsted community for almost 50 years. We strive to be a safe and trusted space for anyone seeking culturally competent health and wellness services, and we hope our new site will help preserve the historic district’s LGBTQ+ culture.
The new clinic will replace a one-story building that included Little Jim’s Tavern, one of the first gay bars in the community. It closed in 2020.
The organization has a long-term lease at 3245 N. Halsted, but a spokesperson said future use of the property has yet to be decided.