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After Image: A Tour of Chicago’s Forgotten Signage

By Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

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Chicago, a city rich in industry and history, has an excellent legacy of handmade and uniquely constructed signage that draws upon interesting and often underrepresented forms of typography and craft. As many of these pieces are rapidly disappearing from numerous neighborhoods, an effort has grown to preserve and appreciate their many quirky and beautiful qualities.

Here is a small selection of typographic signage from the west and northwest sides of the city, featuring finds from the Logan Square, Portage Park, Old Irving Park, Noble Square, Jefferson Park and Hermosa neighborhoods.

Special thanks to Nick Adam, of Firebelly Design, for his help in this project. You can see more of his work at

All photos courtesy of Quinn Keaveney.

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