Housed in what used to be the famous Gimbels Department Store, the ASQ Center is the global headquarters of ASQ and home to many businesses. The Gimbels Department Store began in one building on the corner of Plankinton and Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century. By 1926, Gimbels built and/or purchased five more buildings, eventually owning the entire block between Wisconsin and Michigan.
The building was part of Gimbels Department Store from the late 1890s until 1986. It was later a Marshall Field’s store from 1988 to 1997, and the ASQ Center from 2001 to present. ASQ negotiated to become the first tenant to sign up for the ASQ Center and were key to the building’s renovation. As part of the development of the building from department store to office space, it was entirely renovated inside but kept its historic façade.
Curious about what’s in the former Gimbels building? ASQ staff will take guests on a 20-minute tour of ASQ, pointing out many unique features and telling the story of this historic building’s transition from department store to a modern office. Your tour will take you through their modern office building while giving you a backstory of the iconic department store.