Potential post office closures could hit the South, West sides hard

Micah Maidenberg | The Chicago Reporter

South and West side residents may well see a raft of U.S. Postal Service facilities in their neighborhoods shuttered. Of the 11 stations in Chicago the post service is currently studying for possible closure, 10 are located either south and west; the remaining outlet that could be closed is in the Loop.

South Side post offices now on the chopping block include the Ashburn Post Office at 3639 W. 79th St.; the Englewood branch at 611 W. 63rd St.; Finance Station U on the campus of the University of Chicago; the Ogden Park Post Office, 6559 S. Ashland Ave.; Otis Collins branch at 2302 S. Pulaski Road; and the Chinatown Postal Store at 2345 S. Wentworth Ave.

Facilities serving West Side communities that could be closed include the Mary Henry Post Office, 4222 W. Madison Ave.; Nancy Jefferson at 116 S. Western Ave.; the Robert Leflore branch at 5001 W. Division St.; and the Milton Brunson Station at 324 S. Laramie Ave.

In their place, should all 11 of the Chicago facilities close, the postal service has floated as a replacement what it calls "Village Post Offices," offering retail services inside of existing businesses and through an expanded website. The agency says customers simply aren't patronizing its traditional stores like they once did.

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