Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn
May30

Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn

  It’s hard to see behind the tarps and barricades and scaffolding, but progress is being made on one of the more unusual conversions to come down the pike in recent years — the conversion of an old 1800’s barn in the center of The Loop into a coffee house. The work on the Pickwick Stable (22 East Jackson Boulevard) is being done for Chicago’s Asado Coffee Company plans to open a cafe/coffee shop in the building...

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Loop Building That Survived The Great Fire Will Become a Roasting House
Mar07

Loop Building That Survived The Great Fire Will Become a Roasting House

One of Chicago oldest, but least seen, buildings is going to suddenly become very popular. The Pickwick Stable was built as a horse barn back when The Loop was mostly farmland. Since then, the city grew up around it and it has almost completely vanished from the eye. In fact, the only way to see it is to look through an iron fence down a dark alley at 22 East Jackson Street. Now as part of a larger student housing project, the old...

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The Loop’s Most Peculiar Building

To the untrained eye, this is just another random alley in the Loop.  But if you know what you’re looking for, this is a rare sight, indeed. This is the Pickwick Stable — an actual farm stable in the heart of the Loop. Official records have the date this stable was built at 1892, but those records are notoriously sketchy.  The Chicago Tribune says it’s actually 1857, which would make this one of the oldest...

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