Tag: West Town

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 »

Forgotten Merchants: Chicago Men's Wear

Forgotten Merchants: Chicago Men's Wear
Today, the building at 1725 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town lies vacant, but the exterior terrazzo floor that remains is an entryway into the past. In the 1920’s, Joseph Barabas began selling men’s furnishings here under the name Chicago Men’s Wear. A veteran of World War I, he ran the business for 40 years until... Read more »

Forgotten Landmarks: Baer's Hall

Forgotten Landmarks: Baer's Hall
At the top of the building at the Southwest corner of the intersection of Milwaukee and Chicago Avenue in West Town reads BAER’S HALL 1887. Although they were born three years apart, Louis (1846) and Solomon (1849) have the unique distinction of brothers that share the same birthday: May 14th. Born in Hoffstosten, Germany, they... Read more »
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