If, like many other cyclists in Chicago, you use Hubbard Street as an East-West route between the Loop and the Near West Side you’ve probably noticed this building between Halsted and Desplaines.Â The giant clock caught my eye initially.Â When I check it out further the next time I rode by I realized that:
- The clock was keeping the right time (!)
- The building was constructed in 2001 – meaning it was built originally to beÂ a giant garage with a clock on the front.
It’ s a very nice clock and all, but who builds a brick garage in the city with a giant working clock on it in 2001?Â It’s just had me puzzled.
So I snapped a couple of pictures and did a little research on the interwebs when I got home.Â Turns out this garage goes with the lovely building to the east of it,Â the one with the arched windows and a rooftop deck with a wrought-iron railing.
Not surprisingly, the entire space is an amazing creative office/loft set-up, with it’s own private garage.Â Looks like about 16,140 square feet plus a basement. And there’s a penthouse residence and the aforementioned rooftop deck.Â You can rent all or part of it for about $19/square foot.Â Check out this listing to see some pictures of the cool interior spaces.Â Currently it’s the office location for a film and photography studio – guessing they own the building and the garage houses some serious film booms and trailers among other things.
One of the many things that I love about riding a bike is that I tend to see a lot more of the city than if I were driving.