Henry Ives Cobb

Chicago Varnish Company (Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse)

Chicago Varnish Company

The first time you see the building at the southeast corner of Kinzie and Dearborn, you’ll do a double-take. Then a triple. You’ll realize you’re staring. “There’s a whole lot going on,” you’ll think, what with those red bricks and white accents, an exuberant number of dormers and stepped gables and a steeply pitched roof. …

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Newberry Library

Newberry Library

Walter Loomis Newberry was the kind of man who prepared. Before moving to Chicago in 1833 he’d already invested in real estate. The town was barely a town, but Walter went ahead and plunked down some cash for a piece of swamp. As the town became a city, canal fever inspired speculation and quick riches, …

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