September 9, 2013:
The Sears of Yore

Posted February 18, 2014


This is a view of the former Sears Merchandise Building, part of the (now abandoned) Sears, Roebuck & Co. Complex on 900-930 South Homan Avenue in the Lower West Side. Founded in 1886, the company moved into this complex in 1906; it was the largest mail-order business in the world at the time, occupying the largest commercial building in the world (now largely destroyed).

In 1974, they moved into what was then the world’s tallest building, now known as the Willis Tower, but by that time the company’s iconic mail order catalogue, once printed on these very grounds, had become an outdated reminder of the golden age of the mail-order retailing business that has done so much to establish Chicago’s dominance in mercantile matters.