The Fair

Street Address: 
South State Street and Adams
Chicago, IL

In 1875, Ernest Lehman, a German immigrant started a firm that would become one of Chicago's most prominent department stores. Lehman's company made available less expensive, but high quality items for the middle and working classes to purchase. The $3-million-dollar, twelve story building covered the half block between State, Adams and Dearborn. Montgomery Ward eventually bought the store, and changed the name in 1964. The building was demolished in 1984.




1875 - 1984


There is a 1915 book about The Fair that has been digitized by UIUC/Open Content Alliance:

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