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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Ghost Signs: Spengler and Company

Ghost Signs: Spengler and Company
On the side of the Double Door building at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park is a ghost sign that reads “Spengler & Company.” Werner Spengler was born in 1831 in Germany. He arrived in Chicago with his brother John in 1865 and immediately began a retail dry goods business with him called Spengler... Read more »

Ghost Signs at the Lightner Building

Ghost Signs at the Lightner Building
On the north and south sides of The Lightner Building at 1006 S. Michigan Avenue are many ghost signs from the past. The building itself was designed by Edmund R. Krause and built in 1906. It was originally called the Graphic Arts Building and was purchased by Otto Lightner, owner of Lightner Publishing Corporation, in 1948.  Lightner, which published... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: The Adams and Westlake Company

Ghost Signs: The Adams and Westlake Company
All around The Adlake Building at 319 W. Ontario Street in River North, you can see ghost signs for The Adams and Westlake Company, a railroad supplies manufacturer once known all across the country. John McGregor Adams was a highly acclaimed businessman in Chicago. Born in New Hampshire in 1834, he arrived in the city... Read more »

The Dunder Mifflins of Lake Street

The Dunder Mifflins of Lake Street
Two buildings across the street from each other on Lake Street near Halsted on the Near West Side have ghost signs advertising similar paper businesses located there long ago. 727 W. Lake Street was formerly the home of Rauth Brothers. William and Louis Rauth, who had moved to Chicago in the late 1860s from Wisconsin,... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Lekko Powder

Ghost Signs: Lekko Powder
On the side of the building at 2339 W. North Avenue is a very faint ghost sign for a product called Lekko. What the heck is Lekko? It was a scouring powder that was made in Chicago by the Lekko Soap Company nearly 100 years ago. The company was founded in 1899 by Charles H.... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: M.E. Maher Real Estate

Ghost Signs: M.E. Maher Real Estate
On the side of the vacant building at 6568 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park is a sign that reads “M.E. MAHER Co.” Partially obscured, the words “Estate” and “Sheridan Rd.” are also visible. Maurice Edward Maher was born on April 24, 1869  in Illinois to Irish parents. He married Julia Casey in 1892 and... Read more »
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