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Not to be confused with the iconic NYC skyscraper, Chicago’s “Flat Iron” is a three-story triangular building dating to the 1920s, notable for its attractive white terra cotta and red and black tiled detail.

Divided into a warren of small spaces, many cutting-edge galleries, and working artists took advantage of the unusual spaces and cheap rents, resulting in this being a key destination during neighborhood art festivals to this day.  In the 1990s, the building boasted unusual tenants such as the outre performance space Milk of Burgundy, and the Friars’ Grill, a super-cheap Greek diner that one family had kept going since the ’50s.  

The building’s owner has a checkered reputation in the neighborhood: he considers himself as a champion of the arts scene, but has been accused of shady practices, ranging from bad maintenance to spying on tenants - a charge alluded to by his failed plan to mount enormous video screens and cameras overlooking the “Six Corners”.

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