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The Soo Line freight house was once a landmark in downtown Chicago, and a rather imposing structure for a railroad not generally given to flaunting itself. When the freight house was torn down, the entablature (sign) from the front of the building was given to the Illinois Railway Musuem in Union, IL, where it has been re-assembled and is on display today near a picnic area. Unfortunatetly, this is all that remains of the building; when I visited the area where the freight house once was in 2006, I found it is now a grocery store.