400 W. Madison
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
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.