Here’s What Makes The Chicago Theater so Special
Oct30

Here’s What Makes The Chicago Theater so Special

This week the Chicago Theater turned one hundred years old. You, me, and dozens of millions of tourists know it as an icon of the city. Chicago Theater (file) Much has been written about the building by architects and historians and other people of letters. But when it comes to sizing up history, we always like to go to that most Chicago of Chicagoans, Carl Sandburg. He was there on October 26, 1921 when it opened; and those who...

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The Chicago Theater Turns 92, Still The Belle of the Ball
Oct27

The Chicago Theater Turns 92, Still The Belle of the Ball

Imagine a gaggle of tourists fresh off the MegaBus from Des Moines. They hit Garrett’s for some salty-sugary sustenance, do a little shopping at Macy’s and walk north on State Street. Just to the north of the Walgreen’s they raise their smartphones to photograph NOT the Chicago Theatre, but instead a drab modern office building. It very nearly happened. There was a very real effort to demolish the grand old theatre in the 1980’s. The...

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A Look Inside Chicago’s First Theater and More

In case you missed Geoffrey Baer’s latest piece exploring Chicagoland on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, on Tuesday he took a tour of some of the city’s most important theaters, including the first one, and one that still plays silent films with a live organist. The video below runs ten minutes, but is thoroughly...

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