Crain’s Chicago Business, September 10, 2015 — Chirp, an Internet station that champions Chicago musicians, is getting a place on the traditional radio dial, too. Read the story. (Note: The launch of the station’s FM signal has been postponed until 2016.)
Crain’s Chicago Business, August 18, 2015 — One of the North Side’s best-known small clubs is opening a pop-up version of the venue this week on the Chicago Riverwalk. Read this story, which was the first to break the news.
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 12, 2014 — They’re tucked away in desolate corners all over the city: looming brick and concrete buildings that once held factories that supported entire neighborhoods. These behemoths helped earn Chicago its brawny reputation and, once they were vacated, became hulking icons of its blight. But now a crop of savvy small-business owners and creative rehabbers are dusting some of these buildings off and finding new uses for them.
“Repurposing old structures is fun,” says Craig Golden, principal of Chicago-based Blue Star Properties, which buys and rehabs industrial buildings. “Reusing old infrastructure-so that we’re not running highways out in the middle of nowhere and electrical lines-makes me feel better.”
“You can do good business in buildings like this,” says Steve DeBretto, executive director of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, which operates a business incubator inside a former West Side plumbing factory that was built in 1887. Not only are the rates cheap for tons of square footage, but there’s a certain je ne sais quoi that appeals to some business owners. “It’s got a charm that a new building doesn’t necessarily have.”
Turn the page to take a walking tour of four industrial sites that are getting a new lease on life, then read how-and why-startups from furniture makers to distillers to small manufacturers have settled there.
Read my stories in Crain’s Chicago Business:
— Manifold furniture designers on the challenges of retrofitting a concrete box
— A safe space for businesses that make noise at 3 a.m.
— How a machine-friendly group engages hardware entrepreneurs in co-working
— Nick Greens’ farm springs up in Back of the Yards
Photos by Stephen J. Serio
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 5, 2014 — Nick Floyd scoffs at the notion that he has any special sort of entrepreneurial knowhow… Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Photo by John R. Boehm
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 5, 2014 — Chicago Music Exchange already was a magnet for guitar collectors, wannabe rock stars and actual rock stars when David Kalt bought the Lakeview shop in 2010 from founder Scott Silver. Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Photo by John R. Boehm