North Loop

Civic Opera Building

Lyric Opera of Chicago is such an institution that it seems its existence has always been a given. But just like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Field Museum surmounted multiple difficulties in their early years, establishing a permanent opera company was no easy task. And since this was opera, its drama was on an …

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Carbide and Carbon Building (Pendry Hotel)

The Carbide and Carbon Building is unique in Chicago. Its green terra-cotta tower with shining black base and golden summit stands out in a skyline of muted shades of beige and gray and the occasional white. The legend goes that the Burnham brothers designed it to resemble a champagne bottle’s green glass topped with foil. …

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Oriental Theatre (James M. Nederlander Theatre)

Oriental Theatre

Once you’ve established a reputation for creating elaborate movie palaces, each more grand than the last, there’s only one thing you can do: make the next one even more elaborate, more over the top, more exciting, more exotic. That’s exactly what Balaban and Katz did with the Oriental Theatre. Opened on May 8, 1926, it …

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Bismarck Hotel (Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago)

Like so many other Chicago Landmarks, The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago can trace its beginnings to the 1893 Columbian Exposition. This landmark’s story began when Emil Eitel, the oldest of eight siblings, arrived in Chicago from Stuttgart, Germany in 1890. The next year his brother Karl followed him to the states and the two …

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