Carling SRO, Chicago, IL

The Carling Hotel was an existing 155-unit single-occupancy hotel that was preserved for low-income residents in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. It is one of 65 remaining licensed SROs in Chicago and was the first SRO sold under the 2014 SRO Preservation Ordinance, an initiative created to protect and generate funds to help preserve SROs as an affordable housing option.

The Carling SRO underwent a complete historic renovation and re-configuration of the residential floors to add bathrooms and kitchenettes to each room. The new unit count is 80 units, 20% configured for handicapped residents. The existing historic lobby was fully restored and a newly updated MEP system was installed throughout. The Carling received the 2018 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy.

Old Town, Chicago, IL


Completed 2018

Unit Count



The Michaels Organization




TERRA Engineering (Civil)

McKay Landscape Architects

Carsello Engineering (structural)


MacRostie Historic Advisors

Building Permits Inc.


The 606 Studio

Mark Ballogg

Leslie Schwartz

Previously Existing Condition


2019 Program Category Award, ULI Chicago (view online)

2019 The Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for Preservation of Affordable Housing, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (view online)

2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, First Place (tie), CNDA (view online)

2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy, Landmark Illinois (view online)