Orthopedic surgeon buys $2M Chicago church, plans to convert to community hub


Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Ivankovich, MD, purchased a church in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with plans to convert it into a nonprofit community center, Block Club Chicago reported Oct. 28.

Dr. Ivankovich, who's also a philanthropist and blues musician, purchased Preston Bradley Center for $2 million and plans to spend more on renovations. The building would house multiple nonprofits, including Dr. Ivankovich's Chicago Blues Society, and serve as an office space. He also plans to use the space for hosting health clinics, seminars and cultural programs.

"We’ve been looking at unconventional spaces that had a cultural or historical significance that we could build on," Dr. Ivankovich told Block Club Chicago. "We’re looking to make it an even greater resources to Chicago, to Uptown."

The Preston Bradley Center was built in 1925 and previously served as a place of worship and a social services center. Nonprofits could begin moving into the renovated space by spring 2023.

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