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I always feared this. What if we threw a party and nobody showed up? Or, to be fashionably current, what if we opened our new offices and the world suffered a pandemic? As I sit here alone in our offices, I must tell you the effect is very similar. No staff, no visitors. The biggest benefit is not having to share our supply of cashews with anyone.
Not to complain. I am healthy, as is everyone in the firm and everyone I know. So, cool beans. I’m not really complaining.
That said, in two previous posts (creatively titled “Part I” in Jan 2018 and “Part II” in Feb 2020) I described a little of our struggle to reclaim this tenant space in a still-active 1931 train station for our new offices.
Good news on that struggle: We won!
In this post I want to describe two things. First, a little history we learned about the space from its first 89 years of life. Second, I want to show you one of the special spaces we designed and built – The “Cabin.”
A Little History
In 1931, the first tenant of our space was the “Central L Luncheonette” which previously had been in the 1908 train station that this 1931 station replaced. The luncheonette had booths by the interior storefront windows and a long counter with stools, serving ice cream and offering “complete fountain service.” After a few decades serving ice cream, the luncheonette ironically was replaced by a dental laboratory. But we prefer the ice cream karma.
During our own relatively short history at Equity Schools (20 years) we always had offices in downtown Chicago. Impressive addresses on Wacker, LaSalle, and Clark in very tall and shiny office buildings. And, of course, we had impressive and shiny and very serious conference rooms like the one pictured here (the plant is a nice touch, really softens it up):