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Forgotten Merchants: Kling Bros. and Co.

Forgotten Merchants: Kling Bros. and Co.
Tucked away at 2300 West Wabansia Avenue in Bucktown stands the Clock Tower Lofts. Over each doorway reads “KLING BROS. & CO.” Completed in 1920, the Kling Brothers & Company building was built as a manufacturing facility for their wholesale clothing business. It was designed by Alfred Alschuler, an innovational architect at the time.  His... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Albert Zangerle

Forgotten Chicagoans: Albert Zangerle
There’s a lovely epigraph on the building at 1538 N. Halsted Street near Old Town that reads “Zangerle.” Albert Zangerle was born October 15, 1873 in Tyrol, Austria. He arrived in the United States in the mid-1880s. He married his wife Theresia in 1900 and settled into this building soon after as a machinist. He... Read more »

The Old Streets of Chicago

The Old Streets of Chicago
Before the 1909 address system was implemented, Chicago’s layout was pretty confusing. Although the city was generally built as a grid, the original address system was inconsistent and many of the same streets would go under different names depending on their location in the city. Over time, these extra street names were eliminated to avoid... Read more »
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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 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 »

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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Forgotten Chicagoans: Arne Waaler

Forgotten Chicagoans: Arne Waaler
The building at 687 N. Milwaukee Avenue in River West reads “A. WAA ER” near the top. Sometime in the last 100 years, this epigraph lost its “L”. Arne Waaler was born April 9, 1840 in Norway. He arrived in the United States in 1870 and became a Naturalized citizen in Chicago on August 1, 1874.... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: General Furniture Company

Forgotten Merchants: General Furniture Company
The building at 1709 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town now houses a boxing training facility, but its elegant terra cotta facade gives an indication of what was once here. The General Furniture Company began in the early 1900’s. Billing itself as “Chicago’s Greatest Chain of Furniture Stores,” they had multiple other locations around Chicago,... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: John Hufmeyer

Forgotten Chicagoans: John Hufmeyer
The John Hufmeyer building at 2770 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lakeview has a date of 1888 in set in stone on it, but he was doing business at that location for more than a decade prior. Hufmeyer was born in 1845 in the area that became Niles township. His German parents were some of the... Read more »
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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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