Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago

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Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Chicago Fire Station 98 in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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Chicago Fire Station 98
Formerly:Host Company Number Two

202 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Gold Coast 60611
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One of the best examples of historic municipal architecture in Chicago, this fire station is just steps away from one of the busiest tourist drags in the city, but is often overlooked in favor of its neighboring buildings. Granted, those buildings are the magnificent John Hancock Center and the Chicago Water Tower, but the fire station deserves a look, especially considering how closely its design fits in with the water tower, and the old pumping station building. Of course, it should fit in as it was constructed with stone from the same quarry, and has a similar medieval castle design.

But if the fire station building is overlooked, its staff is not. Over the years the firefighters and paramedics stationed here have become an integral part of the neighborhood. They take care of the neighbors, and the neighbors take care of them. They are summoned on emergency calls about 3,000 times a year and give countless tours to school children, curious residents, and people who have strayed off of tourism's beaten track.

Quick Facts
Notes
  • According to a September, 2005 story in the Chicago Tribune, the word "Chicago" carved into the building is misspelled "Chirago."
  • The firefighters still slide down the building's original brass poles.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune what used to be the stable is now the kitchen, and the hayloft is now a workout room.
Green Things
  • This building has a green roof.
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  My friend and I were roaming through Chicago (and getting lost for the most part). The firefighter were met put up with our antics in the most thoughtful ways.

Melanie Owensby - Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 1:14pm  

  Dear Hot Fire Fighter/ Parametric,My friend and I paid a visit to you earlier today. We came back later in the night (4:0m) but you were out saving lives. Wish you could light me fire. xoxo-Anna

Anna - Sunday, January 17th, 2010 @ 5:13am  

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