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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 »

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 Building: The Coliba

Forgotten Building: The Coliba
Atop the building at 2213 North Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park reads “THE COLIBA.” Older North Side readers will recognize this building as a major community center for Romanian citizens. The Coliba was opened in 1920 by the parish of St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, which was originally located nearby at 1345 W. Webster Avenue. At... Read more »
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Forgotten Chicagoans: Mathias Hibbeler

Forgotten Chicagoans: Mathias Hibbeler
At the top of the building at 917 W. Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park reads MATH. HIBBELER 1895. Mathias J. Hibbeler was born in Germany in 1866. He arrived in the United States in 1884. He married Emelie (“Emma”) Huber in 1889 and became a naturalized citizen in 1890. He had a son, Mathias Jr.,... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: Coles Brothers

Forgotten Merchants: Coles Brothers
At the top of the building at 907 W. Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park reads COLES BROS. 1890. Charles A. Coles was born May 13, 1863 in Chicago. His brother Walter was born October 7, 1865 and William was born November 23, 1867. Their parents were English. In 1890, 907 W. Armitage was 173 Center Street.... Read more »

Where the Chicago Daily News Still Delivers

Where the Chicago Daily News Still Delivers
Many Chicagoans will tell you that the two major long time rival newspapers in town are Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. There was once a third, however: the Chicago Daily News. The Daily News, founded in 1875, was a pioneer in American newspapers. Unlike its rivals, it was an afternoon paper. It became one... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour

Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour
Gold Medal Flour was first produced in 1880 by the Washburn-Crosby Company. Naturally, it was given this name after winning the gold medal at the Millers’ Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many ghost signs for Gold Medal Flour can still be seen not only in Chicago, but across the country. Like Fletcher’s Castoria, the product was... Read more »

The Old Addresses of Chicago

The Old Addresses of Chicago
Chicagoans: The next time you give directions to your friends, you can thank this guy – Edward Brennan – for making it a little bit easier. Before 1909, addresses were generally designated by the branches of the Chicago River. Although it was simple, since the river doesn’t flow in a straight line, it would easily... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Quaker Oats

Ghost Signs: Quaker Oats
Originally produced by The American Cereal Company, Quaker Oats has been in business for over a century. They are and have always been headquartered in Chicago, which may be why you’ll find a number of Quaker Oats ghost signs around the city. Ghost signs for Quaker Oats can still be seen on buildings across the... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Uneeda Biscuit

Ghost Signs: Uneeda Biscuit
A barely-there ghost sign for Uneeda Biscuit looms over the alleyway of the building at 2011 N. Racine Avenue in Lincoln Park. Nabisco, formerly The National Biscuit Company, has its roots in Chicago. They opened their corporate offices in the Home Insurance Building in 1898. Uneeda biscuits were an attempt to make a cracker that was... Read more »
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