River North is a section of Chicago that’s a little north and west of the main skyscraper areas of the city. So finding a 28th floor penthouse gives one a perspective not easy to replicate. Of course, it helps when the ceilings are 14 feet tall with edge-to-edge glass. The building is called The Montgomery because it was the home of catalog retailer Montgomery Wards who began operations in 1872 and folded in 2001. It was an omnipresent second-fiddle to Sears. Nicknamed Monkey Wards, in 1939 it was a Wards’ copywriter who created Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In the late 1980s Wards also broke the $1,000 price point for a home computer during a Back to School Sale.

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