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Boston Store sign
Posted by: Jerry (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 11, 2008 01:18AM

The Boston Store was a big department store on State around Monroe. If you stand around State and Washington and look south you will see "Boston Store" painted on the side of a building on the west side of State Street.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: cmysli (---.careered.com)
Date: January 21, 2011 02:38PM

Does anyone have a picture of this sign?

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: MIKETOUHY (---.try.wideopenwest.com)
Date: January 21, 2011 09:32PM

I've seen it myself in the past.

When did it close?

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: abbyworld (---.dsl.mindspring.com)
Date: January 23, 2011 01:26AM

I took a picture of the Boston Store sign a few years ago.

[url=http://flic.kr/p/9cpQM1]Boston Store sign on Flickr[/url]

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: bwalsh (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 23, 2011 10:07PM

I have a picture of the sign taken from the 7th floor of Field's (now that m store) in 2009:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4351725703/in/set-72157623046037075/

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: StrayKitten (66.28.242.---)
Date: January 25, 2011 01:28PM

The Boston Store closed in July 1948. Here is link to a short write-up about the store. I love how they say the interior "reeked with a quaint Victorian mustiness."

http://chicago.urban-history.org/sites/d_stores/boston_s.htm

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: daveg (130.36.62.---)
Date: January 25, 2011 01:50PM

Thanks for the link StrayKitten. Nice write up on the history of the Boston Store.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: MIKETOUHY (---.try.wideopenwest.com)
Date: January 25, 2011 07:14PM

Wonder how that sign has mannaged to remain for so long without it being totally worn off?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/2011 07:16PM by MIKETOUHY.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: cmysli (---.careered.com)
Date: January 26, 2011 08:51PM

Yes, I can't help but wonder how it managed to stay so clear.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: tomcat630 (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: January 27, 2011 01:18AM

Was a building built over it and then torn down? I think it may have been recently 'uncovered' in past 20 years or so, but maybe someone can confirm?

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: bwalsh (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 27, 2011 03:03PM

I remember when I first started working downtown in 1978 and was taking the Midway Park 'n Ride Express bus (anyone remember that one?). It travelled down the Stevenson and then all the way down State St. I seem to remember seeing a Boston Store sign back then although I would have sworn it was on the east side of the street facing south. The reason I even took note of it was that my mother had always talked about the Boston Store and when I saw this sign, remembered her stories. Anyone know if there was another sign along there - perhaps the building was torn down or built up or something? This one that we are discussing is located on the west side of the street with a northern exposure.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: MIKETOUHY (---.try.wideopenwest.com)
Date: January 27, 2011 06:23PM

tomcat630 Wrote:
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> Was a building built over it and then torn down? I
> think it may have been recently 'uncovered' in
> past 20 years or so, but maybe someone can
> confirm?


Couldn't of been.

I can remember seeing this sign early in the 90's.

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Re: Boston Store sign
Posted by: tomcat630 (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: February 09, 2011 04:08AM

It just may have been painted with high quality paint to stay up a long time, when originally done. Boston Store had no idea they'd close someday.

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