Wilson Avenue Theater

1050 W. Wilson Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60640

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 19, 2022 at 11:19 am

Posting because Wilson Avenue Theatre building is pictured next door.

https://chicagoyimby.com/2022/01/second-floor-takes-shape-at-4600-n-kenmore-avenue-in-uptown.html?fbclid=IwAR3z4A_sEeGGzu6CiK-SC_f_6R2_hrrGdmL4HvGDVXvYVwTuSh9I7qRkuzw

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 9, 2021 at 10:12 am

Update with video.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/11/09/double-door-plans-to-open-next-year-in-uptown-but-some-lucky-fans-have-been-getting-a-sneak-peek/?fbclid=IwAR1MiReefAlbNTgbkm-GeZbx1g8SUWl5UB7y9uacfkl-tHBXv2bwhFIl8Ms

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 6, 2021 at 10:49 am

Reopening early 2022. New official website for the Double Door.

https://www.doubledoor.com/?fbclid=IwAR2YQktyjZXfMKCnC3eeZSEw35sELtV7V4SBMIQVELayo4-4DroVb0iDAro

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 12, 2021 at 10:10 pm

Double Door is still happening. Photo links within article.

https://www.uptownupdate.com/2021/07/double-your-pleasure-double-your-fun.html?fbclid=IwAR0f1AT7CcQXnWL-86HuMf-a0uQ50pfmhz-wAg4-UToBrziCA96DpMrnW2c

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 14, 2020 at 6:36 pm

pdf of the project next door with elevation images etc.

https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Planning_and_Policy/Agendas/cpc_materials/12_2020/1050%20Wilson%20DRAFT%20CPC.pdf

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 3, 2020 at 11:06 pm

New project coming to the West of the Wilson Theatre.

https://www.uptownupdate.com/2020/11/rendering-reveal-finalized-plans-for.html?fbclid=IwAR2HnLO58wsdsJqoig3HBqC1sLrkNvLgEK6MqJo3c5mogKRXiSvYK6FMWJI

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

Another update, includes residential development next door.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/02/20/uptown-developers-give-city-new-designs-for-proposed-double-door-site-including-110-apartments-next-door/?mc_cid=bc06198237&mc_eid=173b7b99f7

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 1, 2018 at 8:44 am

Double Door music venue to reopen in the former Wilson Theater.

https://www.uptownupdate.com/2018/12/double-door-coming-to-uptown-at-1050-w.html?fbclid=IwAR0thdD6KQCb0Ltkp5o9kKWAYG9OKTs8igjylhvDx3NEo0gdUXpGziNA-l8

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Just posting this because it has the former Wilson Avenue Theater in an artist’s rendering of the proposed building next door. But the project seems to be borrowing the theater’s address.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/1/5/16846120/uptown-development-news-tod-construction

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm

1975 photo added, photo credit William Brubeck, courtesy of the UIC Collection.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

storefrontcinema: Let me know where I can send my resume.

storefrontcinema
storefrontcinema on January 10, 2014 at 5:41 am

I walked though the building yesterday with the new owners. I am considering leasing the space and turning it into a small cinema. THe stone work is amazing – although years as use of bank has chopped the thing up and really, I am not sure it was ever a theater from the very start. As the basement contains a vault that is easily 500 sf.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

Coincidentally there is an article about the recent sale of this theater that came out today.http://www.uptownupdate.com/ www.uptownupdate.com if the link doesn’t work.

bdickus2001
bdickus2001 on January 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

@Broan: Unfortunately, that picture in the Book of the Annual Exhibition is not the original facade. It is merely a rendering of Ottenheimer’s concept for the theater. The actual finished building never looked like that. This is easily discernible from the condition of the extant facade.

Broan
Broan on August 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

http://uptownhistory.compassrose.org/2011/08/bank-of-chicago-wilson-ave-date-unknown.html

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

BWChicago, unfortunately the 11/10/08 link reverts back to the CT/Wilson Avenue Theater page. Is there another link perhaps?

Broan
Broan on November 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm

And finally, a nice view of the original facade:

WILSON AVENUE THEATER II L Ottenheimer Architect Book of the Annual Exhibition of the Chicago Architectural Club By Chicago Architectural Club

Broan
Broan on June 21, 2008 at 1:23 am

Oh, I know, I just wanted to make sure it was clear for the record (this page)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’m not arguing with you. I am skeptical of most of the things I read on the internet.

Broan
Broan on June 20, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Well, it’s wrong. It was built in 1909. This is confirmed by 1909 Tribune articles stating it was to be built.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

This article gives an opening date of 1905 as the Standard Vaudeville Theater:
http://tinyurl.com/34rmgc

andrewkrauklis
andrewkrauklis on May 21, 2007 at 8:16 am

BWChicago: How can I e-mail you