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    The Chicago Theatre

    by traveldave Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    Originally called the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, the Chicago Theatre opened in 1921 as an opulent movie palace. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz group of theaters which owned 28 theaters in Chicago and 100 others throughout the Midwest. During its first 40 years, the Chicago Theatre hosted premier films and live entertainment, especially jazz concerts.

    The 3,880-seat theater was designed by brothers and architects Cornelius and George Rapp in the neo-Baroque and French Revival styles of architecture. Its five-story Grand Lobby was inspired by the Royal Chapel at Versailles and the Grand Staircase was based on that of the Paris Opéra. The theater's iconic marquee is an unofficial emblem of Chicago, and its neon font was featured in the title of the movie Chicago.

    The age of the grand movie palaces eventually came to an end and the theater fell into disrepair. It was set to be demolished, but in 1983 the Chicago City Council designated the theater a historic landmark, saving it from the wrecking ball. A preservation group purchased the Chicago Theatre in 1984, and in 1986 it underwent an extensive renovation which restored it to its original appearance. Nowadays the Chicago Theatre is a venue for live performances such as plays, magic shows, comedy routines, and popular music concerts rather than movies.

    The Chicago Theatre has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The Civic Opera House

    by traveldave Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    Constructed in 1929, the Civic Opera House is home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The building's Art Deco auditorium has a seating capacity of 3,563, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America, after the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

    The throne-shaped building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The ornate sculptures above the main entrance were done by Henry Hering. The building includes a 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings. It was commissioned by Samuel Insull, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist, to house the Chicago Civic Opera, which was the building's main tenant until it disbanded in 1954 and the Lyric Opera of Chicago moved in. Because of the building's throne shape, it is sometimes referred to as "Insull's Throne."

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago was founded in 1954 by Carol Fox, Nicolà Rescigo, and Lawrence Kelly. Initially called the Lyric Theater of Chicago, it was renamed as part of a 1956 reorganization. The first season featured the American debut of Maria Callas in Norma. Since then, the Lyric Opera of Chicago has hosted a number of visiting opera and dance companies, touring operettas, musical shows, as well as orchestral, dance, and vocal concerts. It was also the venue for the premier of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

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    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

    by traveldave Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is one of the premier venues in Chicago for plays, ballets, performances by dance companies, and other cultural events. The 4,300-seat theater has hosted the openings for the national tours of such Broadway plays as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Showboat.

    The theater was commissioned by Chicago businessman Ferdinand Peck, who wanted to build the world's largest, grandest, and most expensive theater to rival the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The building, called the Auditorium Building, was designed by architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. It was completed in 1889.

    The theater was the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1891 to 1904, and the Chicago Civic Opera until 1929. The theater closed during the Great Depression and was used during the Second World War as a servicemen's center. In 1946, Roosevelt University moved into the upper floors of the building, but the street-level theater remained unused and unrestored. It reopened in 1967 and was used primarily for rock concerts until the mid-1970s. In 1975, the theater was renovated to its original condition and quickly became one of Chicago's best venues for plays and other events.

    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

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    The Green Mill: J-A-Z-Z!

    by shawkneesea Written Jun 3, 2009

    If you go to Chicago, you must go to the North Side stalwart. The Green Mill is 100 years old and still the king. Check the paper or phone ahead though it doesn't matter who is playing.

    Just GO!

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Duke of Perth: The Best Bar to meet genuine people

    by loganjames79 Written Aug 26, 2007

    As a Scot myself I found this little piece of Home to be a place I frequented. You will get great food here which you can eat inside or outside in the beer garden. It's all very affordable too. Watch out for the All you can eat Fish and Chips days, they are usually mobbed.

    If you want to meet a whole variety of different people from various walks of life, this is the place to be. You will have good drinking and good conversation and you might even get lucky. Any one of the regulars is worth chatting to and they will always make you feel welcome.

    The music is kept to a minimum and there are no TV's or a jukebox. As I said a great place for a chat and a drink. Just don't ask Mike to play the Proclaimers Sunshine on Leith album, it drives him mad.

    Dress Code: Wear anthing you like (within reason)

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    "Rainbo Club": Chicago - "Rainbo Club"

    by ant1606 Written Jun 17, 2005

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    Hang out here and meet not only Chicagoans but also people coming here from other locations. This club seem to drag hip people in their 30s and up. Talk with artists in their buzz and discover a world of its own. No doubt we've been taken here by our local musicians friends.
    Great deco ambience. Chairs around the bar are way outnumbered by patrons who walk around, if possible at all in this packed space, and screaming their news in a quality music saturated environment.
    Don't forget to take a portrait in the photo booth behind the bar!
    Great experience.

    Dress Code: Necktie allowed, best if inside your pocket.

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    Checker Board Lounge: Checker Board Lounge

    by nancymesek Written Sep 7, 2002

    Not a place for everyone, but if you're a bit daring and want to take in some excellent Jazz & Blues, this is the place to go.
    Slim Water and the Tears are worth seeing!

    Dress Code: None, you'll see just about every type of dress here.

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    The District in Rock Island: The District in Rock Island

    by reon80 Written Aug 26, 2002

    There is more info about this spot on my Iowa page, but it is basically a little Irish section of the city that has more than its share of pubs, bars, and dance clubs:) It's a great place to go with friends on weekend nites!

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    Eat early!!!!!!!! everything...

    by la_beba Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Eat early!!!!!!!! everything in Nauvoo closes at like 7pm!!!!!!! (well, maybe more like 9pm) :o) I was meeting my dear VT friend Jill (Athena) and at around 9:45pm everything was closed!!!!! so we ran to the border (no, not the Mexican border= we were in Illinois for crying out loud!!!!!! but to Iowa) and made of it a Mexican fiesta!!!!! ;o)Please check my travelogue on 'A three-some meeting' (Athena, spartan and la_beba)

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    The House of Blues-Chicago: The House of Blues-Chicago

    by 1sassyfemme Written Aug 24, 2002

    This place was very cool and they host very good shows; on this particular night Lefover Salmon was at the House of Blues.
    When we pulled up to the building, it kind of reminded me of the Capitol Records building. The inside is decorated in all sorts of ethnic cloth and statues; and best of all there is a coat check.

    Dress Code: Well, I'm not sure if there is a specific dress code I do suggest dressing comfortably because the seats go fast and you might have to stand during the show. I do know cameras are allowed inside.:(

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    Downtown: Division Street,...

    by slawekjb Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Downtown: Division Street, Rush St. Also, in suburbs, like in Schaumburg.
    As wild and crazy as it gets:}:}:}

    Dress Code: Chic to casual.

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