A Look at Where All That Adopt-a-Landmark Money Goes in Chicago
Dec05

A Look at Where All That Adopt-a-Landmark Money Goes in Chicago

For the last five years, real estate developers in Chicago have been using a city program called Adopt-a-Landmark to get things out of City Hall, and vice-versa. It’s one of the key tools that developers use to cram a little more height into a space that was meant for less. In essence, if they write a check to the Adopt-a-Landmark program, they can add a few more floors to the fancy downtown office buildings, condos, hotels, and...

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Raise a Pint: Another Chicago Tied House Landmarked
Nov03

Raise a Pint: Another Chicago Tied House Landmarked

Booze is one of those industries, like cars and movies, where for the most part, companies that mass produce the product are not allowed to sell it directly to the pubic.  But that wasn’t always the case, which is why Chicago has a number of buildings with “Schlitz” logos embedded in their facades. These were “tied houses,” meaning bars that were tied to one particular brewery.  In Chicago, Schlitz was king, with around five...

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