|1038 W. 35th St., Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1936 & 1941-42, the additional top four floors by A. Epstein Architect: Battey & Kipp.|
At the beginning of the 1990s, Spiegel, based in suburban Downers Grove, still employed about 2,200 people at its catalog warehouse on Chicago's South Side, but this facility would soon close. During the 1990s, when Spiegel mailed as many as 340 million catalogs a year and operated about 350 Eddie Bauer stores worldwide. The annual sales rose to $3 billion ($5.4 billion today). At the turn of the new century, when the Otto family of Germany still controlled Spiegel, the company employed about 1,600 people in the Chicago area. The economic recession of the early 2000s hit the company's catalog and credit card divisions hard. Spiegel entered Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in early 2003.
In June 2009, Spiegel became a Lynn Tilton company focused on women's style and fashion products.
The 35th street building was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 4, 2011.