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Daily News
Building Mural

400 W. Madison St.,
Chicago

 

For more than six decades, one of the city’s most-famous murals could be found on the vaulted ceiling of the 180-foot-long concourse connecting the old Chicago Daily News Building to the Northwestern Railway Station.

 

Painted by Chicago artist John Warner Norton, the colorful Art Deco-styled mural depicted various aspects of the newspaper business—from reporting to printing to delivery.  In 1993, however, the mural was removed for restoration and the vaulted ceiling was repainted white.

 

Today—11 years later—the mural has not been reinstalled, despite repeated inquiries and various news articles. This masterpiece apparently still sits, unrestored, in an art warehouse. No plans have been announced for the mural’s future by its owner, Equity Office Properties.

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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