“Well, you know, because Google’s moving in…” You hear that a lot in the West Loop these days. And mostly in a positive way. It’s a booming neighborhood. And if you haven’t been through there in the last 10 years, or even the last 5, you’d hardly recognize it.
I made this photograph of musician Grant Chambers, in front of the Fulton Market Cold Storage Building back in 2009. That building was constructed almost 100 years ago and served as a huge refrigerator for the meat-packing district that it sits in the middle of.
Until a few years ago, when it was sold and turned into the stunning, glass-sided building it is today. It’s been fascinating to watch the construction crews, literally removing the outside brick walls, leaving only the interior floors and support structure intact.
And soon, it will be Google’s new Chicago home. It’s changing the entire neighborhood, most would say, for the better. It seems like there’s a new restaurant opening up every few weeks.
“You know, because Google’s moving in.”
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