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Address: 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
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Once the tallest building in the city, the Auditorium now houses a...

Once the tallest building in the city, the Auditorium now houses a performance space and the campus of Roosevelt University.

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Architectural Significance

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2016
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

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.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2003

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.... More 

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