Freedman Seating’s roots date back to the Columbian Exposition. But their big break was the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act.
Shoe Drop, a mail-in repair service with a Silicon Valley approach and a 4,000-square-foot workshop on the West Side, is opening its first physical location on Jeweler’s Row.
A high-speed Schaumburg extension, Jetsons-like “trains on wheels,” and the Star Line all made it to the planning stage before wilting on the vine. But Pace’s popular, comparatively modest bus rapid transit alternative looks more like the future.
Brooks Shoe Service has been a go-to for fixing high-end accessories for decades. But after it closed suddenly this month, clients can’t get their items back.
The 89-year-old business has survived offshoring and riots, and plans a partnership with the School of the Art Institute to keep the tradition going.