Lost Chicago: Retail, Eateries And Industrial

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There’s something nationally emblematic about the visual history of Chicago’s commercial real estate. Browsing a photo collection spanning the decades you can find a midwestern sensibility mixed with a gritty urban down-to-business look that speaks to a certain American outlook on business and enterprise. From the pre-WWII dawn of neon signage to elegant mid-century futurism to 1970s earth tones and softer typefaces, the look of American commerce in every era is about reaching and accommodating people.  Its’ a fascinating journey, and Craig’s Lost Chicago is ready to take you on a ride through the decades of Chicagoland’s restaurants, retail and industrial property history.

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