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Film Exchanges

Tour Chicago’s old film district on Wabash and Michigan avenues around 13th Street and you won’t get chased by Indiana Jones’s boulder or attacked by a giant mechanical shark. Instead you’ll see some history in a cluster of small buildings built by the major Hollywood studios in the 20s, 30s, and 40s to handle film […]

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Hotel LaSalle Public Garage

The city that pioneered high-rises also pioneered the high-rise parking garage. We had to. When Chicagoans figured out they could drive to those downtown skyscrapers where they worked, street parking stopped traffic cold. James W. Stevens, part-owner of the now departed Hotel LaSalle, figured out a solution: the five-story Hotel LaSalle Public Garage, 215 W. […]

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Myron Bachman House

Architect Bruce Goff said he threw out all preconceived notions of what a building should be when he started a project. The Myron Bachman house, at 1244 W. Carmen, proves his point. This was a typical 1890-vintage two-story wood house before Goff remodeled it in 1947 into a combined family residence and recording studio. Goff […]