Chicago--Where Hallicrafters Were Made
by Bob Harman, W4WTO


Hallicrafters Plant, 5th and Kostner, Chicago IL. Click here to enlarge image.

These pictures show the sites of the old Hallicrafters factories in Chicago. All shots were taken in August, 2004. The picture above was actually Hallicrafters 3rd plant in Chicago. It is the only one still standing. It was really nice to see the old factory--it is quite large! I visited on a Saturday. Had I been there on a weekday, I would have gone inside and taken some pictures.

There are a total of 13 photos that I took in this series. They include several pictures of the third plant (like the one above). The last two photos show the sites of the first two plants which were demolished years ago. But before seeing the rest of the photos, click on "Next Page" (via the link above or below) to view a photo of the factory above as it appeared in its heyday.

Hallicrafters is my favorite of all the boatanchors!

Enjoy!

73

- Bob, W4WTO


5th and Kostner Plant in its Heyday.

Here's the 5th and Kostner factory as it looked when it was new. This picture is from the Hallicrafters Employees Guide, which you can view in its entirety on this web site by selecting "Brochures" from the menu on the left.

It's interesting to compare some of the details here with the picture I took on the previous page. The row of shrubs in this photo can be seen on the previous page as a single small "tree". Only a few remain, but they are 60 years old now!

- Bob Harman, W4WTO


Close-up of Logo, 5th and Kostner, Chicago IL. Click here to enlarge image.


The Front Door. Click here to enlarge image.


View from 5th and Kostner. Click here to enlarge image.


View Looking East toward Downtown Chicago. Click here to enlarge image.


5th and Kostner, from the "Front Porch" of the Office Area. Click here to enlarge image.

This is where Mr Halligan could have stood and looked to the northeast at downtown Chicago.


Another View of the Main Entrance Area. Click here to enlarge image.


Looking West at the Main Plant. Click here to enlarge image.

This is actually a large plant (for an electronics plant), and it was hard to capture the whole place. It covers at least 2-3 city blocks.

- Bob, W4WTO


Front of the Main Buiding. Click here to enlarge image.


Looking East at the West End of the Plant toward Kostner. Click here to enlarge image.

The town houses to the left probably housed Hallicrafters employees. You can look way down the street toward 5th and Kostner and get some idea of the size of the place. Currently, it seems to be used as a warehouse.


North Side of the Plant with Sears Tower in the Background. Click here to enlarge image.


Near the Original Plant on State Street. Click here to enlarge image.

This shot is the building directly across the street from the original plant on State Street (long ago demolished). I thought it was of historical interest, as it is a good example of the architecture of the day.


Site of the Second Plant, Indiana Avenue. Click here to enlarge image.

This shot shows the site of the second plant at 2611 Indiana Avenue, where Hallicrafters had the top five floors of the building. What stands there today are apartments and condos. If you look closely, the yellow signs that have 2611A and 2611B as the address.

Love the Halli gear!!

- Bob, W4WTO


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