The Named Buildings of River North

The Named Buildings of River North
Pearl Building – 222 W. Ontario Street (formerly 139 E. Ontario Street) Leahy Building – 230 W. Ontario Street (formerly 131 E. Ontario Street) Marty Building – 216 W. Ohio Street (formerly 125 E. Ohio Street)

Ghost Signs: The Weather Bell Building

Ghost Signs: The Weather Bell Building
At 79 W. Monroe Street in the Loop stands a building which has a big weather bell on its corner. The building itself, designed by Jarvis Hunt, was built in 1903. The Bell Federal Savings and Loan Association was established in 1925 and moved to this location in 1948. It’s referred to by many Chicagoans as the... Read more »

State Street Ghost Sign: Boston Store

State Street Ghost Sign: Boston Store
At 2 North State Street in downtown Chicago, you’ll find a Sears department store. Although Sears, Roebuck and Company has its origins in the Windy City, this building was actually built for a rival chain: Boston Store. Founded in Milwaukee in 1897, the Chicago building itself began construction in 1906. It expanded into multiple sections... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Van Houten's Cocoa

Ghost Signs: Van Houten's Cocoa
Ceonraad Johannes Van Houten is the creator of modern cocoa powder. In the early-to-mid 19th century, he created a new process to make chocolate production easier. He was also the inventor of Dutch chocolate. It began in Holland, but by the end of the 19th century, Van Houten had spread across Europe and eventually made... Read more »

State Street Ghost Sign: The Majestic Theatre

State Street Ghost Sign: The Majestic Theatre
While walking down State Street near Madison last weekend, I happened to notice a very-faded ghost sign tucked away behind a bunch of other buildings. Because of its location, I could only see the latter half of it, where I could read the following: ESTIC VAUDEVILLE 25-50-75c I jumped to the conclusion that the word... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Charles F. Lindau

Forgotten Chicagoans: Charles F. Lindau
At the top of the building at 925 W. Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park reads “LINDAU.” Formerly 159 Center Street, the building was built in 1886 by Charles F. Lindau. Lindau was born in Germany in 1845 and arrived in the United States in 1863. He became a naturalized citizen in 1872. Lindau was originally a candy maker... Read more »
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Forgotten Chicagoans: A. C. Baumann

Forgotten Chicagoans: A. C. Baumann
At the top of the this Italianate style apartment building at 2200 N. Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park reads “A.C. Baumann”. Built in 1887, the building was originally owned by Chicago real estate pioneer August C. Baumann, who arrived in the United States from Germany in 1859 with his wife Henrietta when he was just 17... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: F. J. Dewes

Forgotten Chicagoans: F. J. Dewes
Atop the building at 319 W. North Avenue in Old Town reads the name “F.J. DEWES.” The building was once home to the F. J. Dewes Brewing Company. Owned by Francis J. Dewes, the company lasted fifteen years under this name, opening in 1882 and changing to City Brewing Company in 1898 and Standard Brewery soon after.... Read more »

Forgotten Buildings: Sherman Brothers

Forgotten Buildings: Sherman Brothers
At the corner of Milwaukee and Thomas in Noble Square – specifically 1084 N. Milwaukee Avenue – sits a very ornate glazed terra cotta gated building labeled with the name “Sherman Brothers Building.” Built in 1921, this was once home to the Sherman Merchandise Company, which sold radios, record players and other music-related equipment.  It... Read more »
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Forgotten Merchants: Rabinovitch and Ogus Millinery

Forgotten Merchants: Rabinovitch and Ogus Millinery
Above the building at 1308 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park is an ornate decoration that reads “R&O”. This 3-story terra cotta commercial building, designed by David Saul Klafter with W. J. Ratlidge, was built nearly a hundred years ago for the Rabinovitch and Ogus Millinery, a national company started by Louis and Samuel Ogus and Frank Rabinovich that... Read more »
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