North Side soccer fields

A rendering of a new North Side soccer facility proposed by the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. (Chicago Fire/chicago-fire.com / December 16, 2013)

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club on Monday said it plans to convert a vacant North Side factory and surrounding land into a two-field indoor soccer center.

The Chicago Fire Soccer Center is expected to be completed next summer. The facility, which will include a dome, will sit on 4.7 acres at 3626 N. Talman Ave., just north of Addison Street and east of California Avenue.

 Two regulation-size turf soccer fields and the first air-supported dome within Chicago’s city limits are planned for the 140,000-square-foot center.

 "We are investing in this site to increase awareness of the organization and create more accessibility for both new and existing soccer fans," said Chicago Fire owner and chairman of Andell Inc., Andrew Hauptman. "In a downtown market that is underserved with fields this new facility will be Chicago’s premier soccer center."

The majority owner in the project is an entity controlled by Hauptman, with minority partners Richard Levy and Jared Schenk.

 In addition to the Fire’s uses, Hauptman said the center will also serve the surrounding community, providing access to neighboring schools, universities and recreational sports leagues.

The development will include a 15,000-square-foot building, forecast for mixed-use field management offices, restaurant, retail and training.