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Originally built as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theater for motion pictures, it has been refurbished as one of the city's premier performance venues.
Originally built as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theater for motion pictures, it has been refurbished as one of the city's premier performance venues. It hosts a wide range of events, from spoken word and stand-up comedy to jazz, gospel, and rock. Most people, however, know it for the iconic marquee out front that has become a symbol of Chicago. The landmark building's 60 foot tall façade resembles a triumphal arch, and is covered in off-white terracotta with Neo-Baroque stucco designs. The grand French Baroque interiors feature gilt work, frescoes, crystal chandeliers and bronze light fixtures.
175 North State Street, Chicago, IL, United States
Designed in coordination with the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in the Near South, this waterfront plaza features a timeline from the war, a list of Illinois veterans who were killed in action, and a nice vantage point toward a few iconic buildings down the river
Originally known as the Oriental Theater when it opened in 1926 as an ornate movie palace on the site of the former Iroquois Theater, the Ford Center for Performing Arts is a premier live performance venue that hosts Broadway productions
Non-profit theater company in an extremely expensive space; they pride themselves on new works, but are better known for revivals of plays from the American theater canon
Anyone who has seen Adventures in Babysitting should immediately recognize this 1984 building, as its slanted roof (lit up at night) played a very important role in the film's climax
A then-unprecedented amount of glass was used in this early skyscraper, bewildering a public still used to masonry walls
A beautiful Art Deco tower covered in dark green terra cotta and adorned with a gold terra cotta leaf at the pinnacle
Built in 1897 as Chicago's first public library and headquarters of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Chicago Cultural Center building now houses the city's Visitor Information Center, galleries, and exhibition halls
No tours available, unless you're cheeky enough to fill out a fake rental application (24 hours in advance), but these iconic twin buildings are worth a photo
The Chicago Picasso Sculpture on Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop is a 50 feet tall Cubist sculpture by Picasso that was installed as the first major public artwork in Downtown Chicago