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Old Posted Jul 29, 2009, 2:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
ardecila-
Do you have any information on the office tower that was originally
to rise above the Great Hall?

All I have is this tiny postcard...



and I just found this illustration.




Also, what is the expansive building directly north of the Great Hall?
That was the proposed Post Office. It would've been between Union Station and Chicago & Northwestern Terminal.

It later got built over Congress Pkwy/Eisenhower Expwy. Now it just sits there abandoned. The opening scene (bank robbery) of "The Dark Knight" was filmed there.

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