Auditorium Building
Auditorium Building
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Once the tallest building in the city, the Auditorium now houses a performance space and the campus of Roosevelt University.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 4 min walk
  • Harrison • 4 min walk
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LBorden
Chicago, IL54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Louis Sullivan is America's greatest architect and he trained Frank Lloyd Wright. This building has exquisite design, floor tile work, stained glass, a gilt ceiling, and is the perfect bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the tallest building of its time and an engineering marvel as well. It has perfect acoustics, amongst the best in the world. The tours are very affordable, or try to hear good music here. On the other side of the building is Roosevelt University. You can easily visit its beautiful lobby and, if you are clever, its second floor, Ganz Music Hall on the 7th Flr , the barrel vaulted library on the 10th floor with its exquisite lake views and partially intact woodwork on its south side, and stained glass works hung between the 10th and 9th floors. I took college classes in this building purely for its beauty.
Written 5 July 2015
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Joel-and-Michael
West Lafayette, IN43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Business
See the wonderful Louis Sullivan lobby (the original hotel lobby from the multi-purpose building that now serves as the front door of Roosevelt University) Beautiful mosaics and plasterwork, all original to the building. A great free-peek for architecture enthusiasts.
Written 10 February 2012
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CaptTrouble
Hudson, WI7,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you like architecture, here is another building to add to your list. Now a National Historic Landmark, it opened in 1889. Designed by architects Adler & Sullivan, the young Frank Lloyd Wright was a draftsman on the project. Check out the amazing windows over the doors; fine decorative art. We saw them at night after a concert with light shining through them.
Written 27 May 2018
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Explorer28293
London1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
What a pity. Arguably the most significant building in the Midwest, Sullivan's lovely 1887 Auditorium Theater is almost impossible to get into. Tours are infrequent & the prissy tour guide froze at anything more than basic questions. So tune out the memorized pitch and look at the voluptuuous detail around you. Pay special attention to the murals and marble mosaics. Then go next door to Roosevelt University, where there's even more Sullivan beauty. They don't offer tours at all so you must know where to look: The 2nd floor & the partially restored library on the top floor. Be prepared for a loooooooong wait for the lift. Ask the nice lady at the desk for a brochure (it's free). For another lovely building & a better guide, try the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue. Two Tiffany domes!!!!
Written 16 January 2003
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Toroniee T
Ottawa, Ontario596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Chicago is full of architectural buildings of great significance. This is one of them. It is a massive building that occupies Michigan Ave. and E Congress Pkwy. You can't miss it.
Written 6 August 2016
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Rolf A
Chicago, IL415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Today known as Roosevelt University, the Auditorium Building by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan was the world's most influential building when it was new in 1889. Its interior decoration set the French and Belgians to adopt new ornament and glass techniques that by 1895 would be called Art Nouveau. Visit the interior by starting on the top floor to see plaster and woodworking and and then walk down the stairs looking at the stained glass and mosaic flooring. The windows are by Healy & Millet a Chicago firm that exhibited at the 1889 Paris World's Fair (the Eiffel Tower fair). The windows were written about in the French press and many artists/architects went to see them. The window glass came from Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo sold lots of glass to Europe. It was a new style of glass and it became very popular in Europe from 1894-1915. Take the Auditorium only tour too, to get a full appreciation of the importance of the building.
Written 28 April 2016
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glhenry
Oklahoma City, OK717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Business
Chicago is a city full of beautiful old historic buildings and the Auditorium Building is one such place. I didn't get to see a show here but the building itself is fantastic.
Written 6 September 2015
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Madachoo
Chicago, IL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, created a masterpiece I would place in the upper echelons of architectural achievements. While tours are available, it is best to plan your visit around an event...The Joffrey Ballet is housed there, but there are other music and theatrical events throughout the year. It is a shame to just walk thru on tour as it acoustic qualities are still unsurpassed and it is a joy to watch any performance there. The early use of electric lights is amazing. You will see many elements that show up repeatedly in Wright's work...the beautiful arches, the arts and crafts touches. In all my travels there is nothing quite like it.
Written 11 November 2014
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I toured this building as part of a tour after taking an Art Nouveau class. The building itself is a massive Romanesque style designed by Louis Sullivan. There are stained glass windows as you enter that are in the Art Nouveau style. The theater itself is quite large. We were fortunate to attend the 125th anniversary of the theater a few years back - quite a history.
Written 6 January 2019
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Legendary bldg with legendary perfectly design theater when it comes to acoustic. If use to host Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera. They moved out but their buildings do not have such a great acoustic as this one. Now own by Roosevelt University. You can only see it’s lobby or outside ( unless you are a student if you book a special tour via the owner ).
Louis Sullivan famous architect used to live here in the Tower and I believe he did in here (broke and alcoholic ).
It was built on a floating fundaments so parts of the building dinked down.
Written 17 December 2018
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