Posts tagged "Near West Side"

Forgotten Merchants: Hollenbach Seed Company

Forgotten Merchants: Hollenbach Seed Company
On the building at 808 W. Lake Street on the Near West Side, the name HOLLENBACH is in big letters. The Hollenbach Seed Company was founded by Peter Hollenbach, a German immigrant, in Chicago in 1877. He was originally on West Randolph then North Halsted and finally, this building, built in 1909 by Worthmann and Steinbach. Additions were made... 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 »

Forgotten Landmarks: C.C.P. Holden Building

Forgotten Landmarks: C.C.P. Holden Building
The top of the building at 1029 W. Madison Street on the Near West Side bears the name “1872 C.C.P. HOLDEN.”. Charles C. P. Holden was one of Chicago’s original settlers, arriving in Chicago with his family in 1836, a year before the city was chartered. A well-known Chicago political figure, railroad magnate and real estate developer,... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Fox DeLuxe Beer

Ghost Signs: Fox DeLuxe Beer
Although it lasted only just over a decade (1940-1951), Fox DeLuxe Beer is a legendary Chicago brew. “The Beer with an Ale Base” was a division of Peter Fox Brewing Company and had a ton of promotion when it was produced. It was even featured in Call Northside 777, a 1948 film starring Jimmy Stewart... Read more »

Forgotten Landmark: Mrs. Lincoln's Home

Forgotten Landmark: Mrs. Lincoln's Home
Tucked away on a small building at 1232 W. Washington Street on the Near West Side hangs this old forgotten historical marker from 1937. It reads: Mrs. LINCOLN’S HOME On this site stood the home Mrs. Abraham Lincoln bought in 1866 and occupied for about a year with her son “Tad.” The Hyde Park history website... Read more »

Buckeye Malt Extract: A Ghost Sign from Prohibition

Buckeye Malt Extract: A Ghost Sign from Prohibition
When Prohibition hit the country in 1920, once prosperous breweries who were no longer legally able to sell alcohol still tried to find ways to appease the general population of people who still wanted to get loaded. Through smuggling, secret speak-easies and bootlegging – much of it controlled by gangs – alcoholic drinks were still... Read more »
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