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
Nearest Transit: Lake (Line: Red Line, Blue Line, Orange Line, Green Line, Pink Line, Purple Line & Brown Line)
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