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Gaslight Court is the gated historic 1900-era brick complex in the middle of Old Town Chicago at 1407 N. Wells. Several of the units have a funky 1/2 address, e.g. 1407.5 N. Wells.
The structures are nearly 100 years old and the brick pavers are all original. In the '60s, this Chicago Old Town gem was home to hippies and artisans who took up residence in the then-low-rent area and made candles and visual art.
Passersby will notice the abundance of brick both lining the alley and covering adjacent buildings, and if you press your face against the gate's bars, you will see potted plants, a lone tree, a bistro table and a lingerie shop, a running fountain built into one of two small stairwells leading down from one building, balconies filled with flowers and a hidden set of steps leading to an accounting firm, but the best way to check it all out is to make nice with one of the 19 residents who live in the adjoining buildings, which spill out into the alley.
Gas lanterns once lined the alleyway. The lanterns have since been replaced by electric ones, but this slice of Chicago history lives on - even if you have to nab something slinky to get to it.
March 21st, 2013
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