Returning the Power to LaSalle Street

The LaSalle Power Company

The LaSalle Power Company

If you’ve been around Chicago for a while, you might remember that Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan once had a restaurant.  You might have even wondered, “What ever happened to that?”  Well, it’s gone.  Long gone.  Replaced by Lalo’s, a Mexican restaurant.

The LaSalle Power Company

The LaSalle Power Company

Now Lalo’s is gone.  Being replaced by something called LaSalle Power Co.  The logo’s tagline reads, “Rock Bar • Stage • Retro Kitchen.”  A sign near the door promises it will be an “exciting new concept.”

The LaSalle Power Company

The LaSalle Power Company

For those of you more interested in the building than its occupants, you’ll remember that this brick pile on LaSalle Street was once the LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse.  Massive engines inside dragged trolleys through a tunnel underneath the Chicago River to move 100,000 people a day from one side of the river to the other.
Today, it’s still a nice looking building, and we’re glad to see it being put to use and not left to deteriorate and implode into yet another River North surface parking lot.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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