Historic building hit by thugs

1520 N. Milwaukee

Thugs have decided their scrawl is better suited to the historic 1520 N. Milwaukee Ave. building than the words "The Peoples Light & Coke Company." Imbedded and painted in gold above the upper windows on the building designed in 1921 by Jens J. Meldahl, the inset terracotta tiles are now stained by red scrawl reminiscent in color of other graffiti scrawled along the Wicker Park fountain base.

Spotted this morning by the WPB President David Ginople, the WPB has reached out to the two shops, ALDO and Carhartt. In the interest of helping the retailers, the WPB is letting them know about the possible use of façade rebate funds to remove this destruction.

This reporter contacted 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's office requesting that they make sure that the regular graffiti blasting should not be used on this historic façade.

Anyone who saw anything relative to this disgusting criminal act, please contact the alderman's office or the Chicago Police Department's 14th District at 312.744.8290.




that is just horrible. I included some pictures of the "coke company" part from 2009, pre-tag, and also wanted to alert OUT readers to another historic news bit.

How does no one see this

How does no one see this happening? Why not hire security to walk the streets looking out for this activity?


Spraying graffiti is so played out. It's like wearing grillz, hoop earings, sleeve tattoos, and tacky French manicures. Grow up!

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