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     July 16, 2019      #5C-197 SsK

Jack Klasey: What was the Naperville Lounge


By Jack Klasey

Have you ever heard of the Naperville Lounge Co.?

Could it be the name of a rock band? Or, maybe, a piano bar located in a sprawling western suburb of Chicago?

Actually, it was the original name of the Kroehler Manufacturing Co., which would be a major employer in Kankakee County for nearly three-fourths of a century.

In 1903, a decade after it was founded in DuPage County, the Naperville Lounge Co. purchased a large piece of vacant industrial land in Bradley The property the company bought had been a factory site dating to the ...

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