About Chicago Printer’s Row Real Estate
If you want to buy a well located Chicago condo or loft then the Printer’s Row area of the South Loop should absolutely be considered. Locally, Printer’s Row has quite a reputation for drawing eclectic and interesting people into it’s net. It’s a little neighborhood where everyone seems to know each other. Possibly because on most nights you’ll find half the Printer’s Row residents at nearby Hackney’s Bar chatting over a beer or some dinner.
Printer’s Row is a fairly small neighborhood south of downtown Chicago that stretches from Congress Parkway on the north to Polk Street on the south and from the Chicago River on the west to Plymouth Court on the east.
A Brief History
As you might expect, buildings in Printer’s Row were originally established for the printing and publishing industry. These buildings have now been converted into apartments, lofts and condos. Many are still known by their original publishing house names. The long, narrow streets allow for the maximum amount of sunlight to enter these tall buildings. This was necessary at one time to assist in the engraving and typesetting processes. These days it’s a great feature of the loft conversions which occupy many of the old buildings.
Currently, many business people and professionals occupy the lofts. Since living in these buildings allows them to walk to work. Printer’s Row retains its connection to its literary history. For example, there is an Annual Literature Festival each June. Started in 1984, it draws booksellers and readers from all over the city. Hundreds of stalls span both Dearborn and Harrison Streets. Almost any book in any edition can be found. The Literature Festival offers everything from cheap paper backs to rare first editions; you name it you can find it here.
And buying Printer’s Row real estate might be right for you if you value convenience. For example, one can quickly get to the lake for a bike ride or to Grant Park and Museum campus. All the more reason to consider this little gem of a neighborhood home sweet home.