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A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Yesterday I posted a picture of the, “Iconic Chicago Theatre“.  Afterwards I kept thinking, “I need to go into that building!” And so, I did!

I took a one-hour tour that absolutely left me spellbound.  What a building!  I must tell you that I tried so hard to get some really good, clear pics. However, the lighting in the building (especially the theatre itself) is either extremely bright or extremely dark; not too much in-between.  This in and of itself left me a tad bit frustrated, especially because I had to keep up with the 20 or so people who were also on the tour.

Ah, for my UK friends; wouldn’t you know that everyone on the tour was American except for two lovely ladies from York, England and guess who they picked to chum around with during the tour? I laughed when I thought that I must still be giving off my Commonwealth vibe!

Normally the tour allows participants to stand on the stage and look up into the seatless crowd, and imagine what it would be like to perform back in ‘the day’.  That’s the spectacular characteristic about the Chicago Theatre; you would literally swear that 1921 had been placed right in front of you.

However, on this particular day, Trevor Noah (who hosts the popular American late-night show, “The Daily Show”) was taping at the theatre (all week in fact) where normally the show is recorded in New York City.  We weren’t allowed to go onto the stage because the crew for the show was setting up the miles of electric cables, etc.  The other place we weren’t able to see (again, due to the special show) was the backstage area with notably a large number of, ‘theatre treasures’ from performers of yesteryear.

The architectural style of this building is known as, “Neo-Baroque French-Revival”. With its ornate ‘everything’, this is normally not a style that I enjoy.  However, in this grand, majestic theatre, it fits perfectly! Can you see the murals at the ‘top’ of the ceiling? It would take hours and hours to truly examine everything in this building!

There are 3,600 seats in the theatre.  I will be posting a few of the good pics I was able to take.  Unfortunately, none of them contain the entire theatre in one shot.  I must go back sometime when I know I can ‘stand on the stage’ and get wider pictures.

Are you ready to see the massive window that adorns the front foyer of the building? (Forgive me for jumping around in the post, starting with the theatre and returning to the front)! It’s just that I was so excited for you to see the theatre first!

This is a massive arched window with Tiffany stained glass! I seem to recall the tour guide mentioning that this foyer (I think he actually referred to it as the, “Grand Lobby”) is approximately 5 stories tall.  If you look closely at the stained glass inlay, you will see two horses depicted with film ribbon in their mouths!

I do wish the tours were hours and hours long!  Hhhmmmmm, I think I need to get a job there! That way I can share many more pics with you!  I shall definitely be posting more pics to give you a bit more of a glimpse inside this magnificent place!

I wanted to tell you that I had you, my wonderful readers in mind the entire tour, and tried so hard to take decent pictures to share with you.  Now, about the job at The Chicago Theatre………………

 

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24 thoughts on “A Peek Inside The Chicago Theatre!

  1. John says:

    What an amazing place! It reminds me of the Fox theater in Detroit.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh does it? I’ve never been there, John! Cher xo

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      1. John says:

        Yes it do! But it’s not so large and the decor is to me a good bit darker. There are no external windows that I remember. But what a fun place, we saw Phantom Of The Opera there some years ago. I’ve never been in Chicago except the airports!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh it sounds really cool, John! Yes, I think you’d like Chicago a lot! Cher xo

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  2. Wm. Allen says:

    Nice photos Cher, thank you for posting

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, William! More to come! Cher xo

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  3. It looks like an amazing theater, Cher 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Irene! It was like being in a dream! And to you as well my dear! Healing energy continues…… Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh yes, I quite agree my dear! Cher xo

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  4. Wonderful to have a glimpse inside. Theatres are impossible to photograph, especially in the daytime. I’m sorry you couldn’t get onto the stage, but I have time for Trevor Noah. I read his wonderful autobiography, Born a Crime, thanks to a recommendation from an American blogger.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Hilary! It really is, isn’t it? And to be accompanied by two lovely ladies on the tour from the UK was extra special for me. Well now, I will have to get that book! Thank you for letting me know! If I’m being honest, I did hope to run into him at the theatre but no such luck! Cher xo

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  5. Victo Dolore says:

    Oh how gorgeous! I did not know they did tours there.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      You know Doc, I walk past that theatre all the time. I didn’t know they did tours there either until one day I actually noticed a sign on the door that mentioned it. The tours are 15 dollars and ours actually ran past the hour (more like 1 1/2 hours) so it was well-worth the money (save not being able to ‘appear on stage’! 😉 Cher xo

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  6. Theatres are the last bastion of truly elaborate architecture, and I couldn’t be more jealous of you!! The ceilings are so amazing, how do you even look away??

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, my dear theatre friend! How are you? Why, I couldn’t! And that was the most difficult part; having to ‘catch up’ with the group! It was excruciating! Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Most definitely agreed, Billy Ray!! Cher xo

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  7. Lana says:

    This looks wonderful and very characterful x

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It really is an amazing building, Lana! Cher xo

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