Week Links: March 9, 2012

  • The old Russian and Turkish Bath House on Diversey is being renovated.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports it will be called Chicago Bath House, and have an adjacent restaurant called Red Square.  Though the term “bath house” has been sullied over the years by some of the ones on the west coast turning into places to find drugs and gay sex, historically bath houses were respectable, family places.  Even as late as the 1980’s and 90’s, Chicago’s bath houses were places where powerful politicians and businessmen would occasionally do deals.  The new owner hopes to bring that feel back to this establishment.  I’ve been to bath houses in Japan and Istanbul and they were great experiences.  It would be nice to have some of that here in Chicago.
  • You’ve probably seen Fado in River North a million times, and not thought too much about it.  But the folks over at FitzGerald Associates sent us a link with some information that there’s more to Fado than meets the eyes.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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