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Continue peeking at Open House Chicago

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click to enlarge I'd always wondered what this place was. - KATE SCHMIDT
  • Kate Schmidt
  • I'd always wondered what this place was.

From the Brown Line platform at Irving Park you can see what looks like a field house or maybe even a hangar, a tall, window-filled building with an unusual shape. I'd always wondered what it was, and during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual architecture tour, Open House Chicago, I got to find out. At 4025 N. Ravenswood, it's a former billboard factory that's now been repurposed into the Ravenswood Event Center. See for yourself below, where there are also peeks at some other sites.

This foyer isn't really what I'd expect of a factory, would you?


click to enlarge KATE SCHMIDT
  • Kate Schmidt



click to enlarge It's complete with a small statue of a garden sprite by Frank Lloyd Wright. - KATE SCHMIDT
  • Kate Schmidt
  • It's complete with a small statue of a garden sprite by Frank Lloyd Wright.

But it's the atrium that's really stunning. 


click to enlarge This is where the billboards were painted. - KATE SCHMIDT
  • Kate Schmidt
  • This is where the billboards were painted.

Photographer Logan Javage, meanwhile, was hitting another place with an elaborate foyer: the Tribune Tower, which may soon be on the market.

click to enlarge World's Greatest Newspaper? - LOGAN JAVAGE
  • Logan Javage
  • World's Greatest Newspaper?

He also went behind the scenes at Goose Island Brewery's barrel warehouse, at 1800 W. Fulton.


click to enlarge The taped sign reads "Shhhhhh . . . the beer is sleeping. Please do not disturb." - LOGAN JAVAGE
  • Logan Javage
  • The taped sign reads "Shhhhhh . . . the beer is sleeping. Please do not disturb."

And while on Goose Island, he checked out the fabrication studio Chicago Scenic Studios, at 1315 N. Branch, a 160,000-square-foot space that got its start in 1978 making sets and the like for off-Loop theater. 


click to enlarge LOGAN JAVAGE
  • Logan Javage

Chicago Scenic Studios supplies things like the Blackhawks helmets worn by the Art Institute lions when the Hawks were in the Stanley Cup. Hopefully a pair of lionsize Cubs caps is on order.

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