Chicago's Last Tannery

Earlier this month, Jason Fried announced The Distance, a “magazine about businesses that haven't gone out of business.” The first issue is about Horween Leather Company, the only remaining tannery in Chicago.

It's a fascinating read, and provides a real sense of the company's history.

“[Nick Horween] sees similarities between cooking and making leather, even if the tannery can sometimes operate in ways that ruffle a classically trained chef’s sense of order and efficiency. Once he gently suggested to an employee that he rearrange his work station, only to get a long look from a man who, Nick realized, had been at Horween longer than Nick had been alive.”