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History Similar to the Fulton River District, historic Printer’s Row did double duty as a transportation hub as well as a production home. Dearborn Station, included in the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in the late 19th century and operated as the primary departure point for Western bound, passenger trains going as far as Los Angeles. The station was in operation until the 1980s when it was converted into office and retail space. Printer’s Row receives its name by being the center of the printing and publishing industry in Chicago. From the late 19th through the early 20th century, the numerous printing plants in Printer’s Row would be filed with the hum of printing presses. To preserve the history of the area, many of the buildings that were in operation at the time but have since been converted into loft style condos and apartments have kept the original names of the historic businesses.
Current Printer’s row has become an eclectic neighborhood with many loft style condos as well as luxury apartment buildings. With the location just south of Congress Parkway and just North of Roosevelt Avenue you have quick access to most public transportations options as well as Lake Shore Drive, I-290, and the Kennedy Expressway. Small neighborhood bars and restaurants with histories to rival the neighborhood itself can be found throughout.
Attractions Holding true to the history of the neighborhood, the annual Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Lit Fest draws large crowds from inside and outside of the city limits. A weekend long literary focused event with numerous vendors selling publications in every genre. Spend some time in Printer’s Row Park. The small space provides a quiet escape from the hustle of the city with multiple benches surrounding a fountain. For the history buff in you, explore the streets of Printer’s Row and feel the history of this wonderful Chicago central Neighborhood. Many of the former printing plants and publishing houses have plaques that describe the history of each building.