Former Loop Icon To Go On Display in McHenry County

Santa Fe Sign (Courtesy of the Illinois Railway Museum)

Santa Fe Sign (Courtesy of the Illinois Railway Museum)

If you’re an architect in Chicago, there’s a chance that this story is about something very familiar to you.

That’s because the Railway Exchange Building has become something of a magnet for architecture firms in recent years, and is of course also the home of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

You’ll remember that a few years ago the big Santa Fe sign that once adorned the roof of the building was removed, and replaced with the word “Motorola.” But we won’t get into that quagmire.

The good news is that after spending a time in storage, and a soothing refurbishment by volunteers, the Santa Fe sign will soon be visible to the public again — at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, McHenry County — a little more than an hour northwest of the city.

It’s scheduled to be unveiled September 19th, which is a Monday, so you’ll have to call in sick to visit your old friend. Or organize a company-wide field trip. It’s research. That’s tax deductible, my friends.

The Santa Fe sign in its original location on the Railway Exchange Building

The Santa Fe sign in its original location on the Railway Exchange Building

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