Internet Slays Final 24-Hour Post Office

The nation’s last round-the-clock post office window closes

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, May 21, 2009  |  Updated 12:47 PM CDT
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Internet Slays Final 24-Hour Post Office

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Wonder what they're gonna do with all those boxes?

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

These famous words are inscribed on the General Post Office in New York City. However, it looks like one thing will stop postal workers: Closing Time.

The very last 24-hour post office window in the entire country is located right here in downtown Chicago at 433 W Harrison St. But it won't be round-the-clock for very long.

Starting June 6, the nation's last 24-hour window will be open only from 7:30 a.m. to 12 midnight seven days a week, according to Mark Reynolds, a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson.

If you have that package that just can't wait until morning, you'll have to use one of the automated, self-service kiosks in the lobby.

"It's just changing customer habits, and a lot of people are using our website," Reynolds told the Sun-Times.

Matt Bartosik is the editor of Off the Rocks' next issue and a "between blogs" blogger.

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