Tag: The Loop

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 »

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 »

Forgotten Merchants: Aldis and Company

Forgotten Merchants: Aldis and Company
On the side of the building at 37 S. Wabash Avenue in the Loop is a faded ghost sign. This sign is from sometime between the 1920s and 1950s. The structure, designed by Holabird and Roche, was built in 1903 as the New Powers Building, named for Orville Powers, the president and founder of the... Read more »
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