Historic Harriet Rees House moves to new location in Chicago

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A historic mansion is making moves today.

The Harriet Rees House is the last-standing building in the 2100 block of South Prairie.

It's being moved to make way for the new McCormick Place Entertainment District.

It's more than 100-years old and weighs nearly 2 million pounds.

Crews prepared months for the move. They've already successfully jacked the house up and moved it down the street.

Now all they have to do is move it back into the new space and drop it down.  This should happen later today or tomorrow.

The homeowners son Anthony is on site, supervising the move.

His father purchased the piece of history in 2001, when it was in shambles. They worked to restore it back to it's original beauty, complete with nine bathrooms and a hand crank elevator.

"It's a piece of Chicago history. It's been in the city since 1888," he admitted adding he's glad the house was moved instead of wrecked and destroyed.

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  • Shirley Scott

    Question for Mr. LeShock — can you find out what ever happened to “Blue Plate Specials”? You know, American Food, not Sushi. What ever happened to an all American donut — not Dunkin donuts, they have to be dunked, as they are dry and tasteless. You cannot find a plain donut, powdered sugar donut in a normal neighborhood. Sure, I know some exist, way in the suburbs and far north wise bakeries. You can’t find an open turkey or beef sandwich anywhere and when you do find a place, the meat is usually processed. What ever happened to plain old American food like meat and potatoes for an affordable price?