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Building Specs

  • Neighborhood: Printer’s Row
  • Address: 720 S Dearborn Street
  • Built: 1916
  • Loft conversion: 1989
  • Stories: 14
  • Units: 65
  • Style: Lofts


  • On-site Manager/ Engineer
  • Elevators / frieght elevator
  • Bike room
  • Storage
  • Pet-friendly

What’s Best About The Franklin Building?

“The Franklin Building offers residents authentic loft living in close proximity to everything that makes Chicago a world-class city.”

Chuck Gullett

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Constructed in 1916, The Franklin Building is a 14-story brick building on Chicago’s historic Printer’s Row landmark district. Located at 720 South Dearborn Street the building is an example of Chicago School architecture and was designed by George C. Nimmons for the Franklin Printing Company. In 1989, the building was converted to 65 loft condo apartments.

Authentic lofts

For those who appreciate authenticity, The Franklin is the real deal. In addition to high ceilings, exposed brick, massive concrete pillars and real hardwood floors, the building entrance makes a spectacular first impression.

Oskar Gross, of Vienna Austria, painted the dramatic and colorful mural over the main entrance. It is entitled “The First Impression” and depicts men working on a Gutenberg press, printing the first edition of the Gutenberg Bible. Plus, he painted various tiles for the building including those depicting an artist, engraver, typesetter and bookbinder.

The parapet atop the building features gorgeous polychrome terra cotta tiles with the inscription: “The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose.”

Super convenient location

The Franklin Building offers residents a convenient location near transportation and everything that makes Chicago awesome.

With the CTA Blue Line, Red Line, I-290, 90/94 and Lakeshore Drive all nearby, getting around the city couldn’t be easier. Moreover, from here it’s a short walk to the Lake, Museums, Grant Park and Printer’s Row restaurants. Plus, shopping is made easy with Trader Joe’s and Target nearby.

Next steps

If you’re interested in selling, renting or buying a loft in The Franklin Building, chat with Chuck he knows the building and the neighborhood exceptionally well. Meanwhile, below you can search all the latest listings for sale and for rent.

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