Join us for an evening of networking and entertainment as we celebrate the printing industry's best and brightest. The evening will honor the 2019 Premier Print Award Best of Category Awardees and the InterTech Technology Award recipients.
About the Venue:
The building at 19 East 21st Street has a long and storied history that spans over a century. Constructed in the late 1800s by the Chicago Illuminating Company (a predecessor of Commonwealth Edison), the building originally functioned as a power plant and warehouse. It was later occupied by Al Capone and his cronies, who used the upstairs floor as a shooting range for target practice. One of Capone's many speakeasies was located across the alleyway, and when surveyors examined the building in later years, they discovered miles of underground tunnels presumably used to transport alcohol during Prohibition -- including one tunnel that led right below 19 East.
After the Capone era, the U.S. Army took occupancy and converted the building into a tire manufacturing facility. In the 1970s, a taxi company moved in and serviced its cars through the same front gate that stands today. The building was later bought by a Chicago businessman, who renovated and marketed the space as a premier event venue called the Chicago Illuminating Company (in reference to its original occupants). Food For Thought acquired the building in 2014 and 19 East is exclusively managed by the special event experts at Food For Thought. 19 East's four different rooms offer hardwood floors, steel beams, mosaic tile, built-in marble bars and high ceilings throughout- it is a sight to see.