Masonic Temple in 1900. Photo by Detroit Publishing Company

Lost Legends #10: The Masonic Temple Building in The Loop

In this edition of the “Lost Legends” series, we delve into the history of The Loop‘s Masonic Temple Building, which stood tall from 1892 until the late 1930s. Designed by the renowned architectural firm Burnham and Root, the Masonic Temple Building was the city’s tallest from 1895 to 1899 (taking the title initially when the original Board of Trade Building had its clock tower removed, then surpassed by The Montgomery Ward Building), serving as an emblem of Chicago’s status as a global pioneer in architecture and engineering.

New EV Gigafactory Announced Near Kankakee

The construction of a new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant has been announced for the city of Manteno near Kankakee. Located at 333 S Spruce Street near I-57, the 150-acre site sits just south of the proposed site for the expanded Peotone Airport we covered recently. The plant was announced as a collaboration between the State of Illinois and Chinese battery maker Gotion Hight-Tech.

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