The 4-buildings of Harpos Studios in Chicago where many a notables (and “rememberables”) have sat and conversed on that beige-yellow leather couch to converse with Oprah Winfrey on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is now up for sale.
Winfrey had a long, memorable history at the stu, starting in 1990 through to 2011 when one may day she made the announcement that she would be moving on to start-not just her own television show-but to start her own television network ironically, phonetically, acronym-magically and affectionately called: OWN Television Network (Oprah Winfrey Network).
Must be magic and destined huh?
Meanwhile, back at the branch of where it all began, according to our sources, Winfrey is selling the $32 million dollar Chicago Harpo Studio to a developer however, will remain on the property for another two years.
In a given to Crain’s Chicago Business, Harpo’s reps stated: “We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago‘s West Loop. We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN.”
(How nice is it that your boss would give its employees a two year pink slip notice eh? About 200 people are currently employed at the 3.5 acre studio campus).
Oprah Winfrey first made Chicago her home in 1984 where she started out as a morning talk show host at WLS-TV’s “A.M. Chicago” and just one month later, the show was No. 1 in the market then renamed: “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1985.
In 1990, Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios and is being credited for transforming the once gritty area to thriving, vibrant neighborhood filled with the goings on of family and trendy restaurants.
In 2011, Winfrey received an honor higher than the typical “Key to the City,” by [then Mayor: Richard Daley], she was gifted a street name outside Harpo Studios: “Oprah Winfrey Way” where, even after the next two years, it shall remain indefinitely.