Tag: South Loop

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 »

The Ghost Signs of Music Row

The Ghost Signs of Music Row
Nearly a century ago, the area on Wabash generally between Adams and Van Buren in the South Loop used to be known as “Music Row” because many manufacturers of musical instruments were located here.  A photo looking north on Wabash from Van Buren in 1907 shows this area in its early days. Most of the... Read more »

The Old Telephone Numbers of Chicago

The Old Telephone Numbers of Chicago
Before area codes, there were exchange prefixes in the Chicago telephone system. When the telephone system began in Chicago in 1892, the caller would connect to the operator and provide them the name of the exchange they wished to call, followed by their contact’s assigned specific 3-digit number (ie. Mulberry 666) Of course, by 1921,... Read more »
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