Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break
Jul05

Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break

Abandoned.  Beleaguered.  Troubled.  Distressed.  And now you can add another adjective to the list describing Chicago’s Old Main Post Office at 433 West Van Buren Street: Burned. On Independence Day, smoke in the West Loop air wasn’t from fireworks, it was from an actual fire on the top floor of the three million square foot behemoth.  Chicago’s finest had the flames out in a matter of minutes, but there was quite a...

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City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go
May13

City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

It was the deal that many said couldn’t be done: Wrestle Chicago’s massive and long-abandoned old post office building away from a British developer and turn it over to someone who would put it to good use.  There were predictions it would be tied up in court for decades, or at least as long as the building has been out of service.  But then late last night a glimmer of hope shone through the gap where the concrete...

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