In 1915, a single movie screen flickered to life in Logan Square. The Paramount Theatre was a showcase for cinema's earliest years, and like the movie industry itself, the business transformed and evolved over the following decades. Known as The Logan Theatre since the 1920s, the space has come a long ways since its debut?the modernized venue now boasts multiple screens, digital projectors, 3D capabilities, and a DOLBY sound system.
But contemporary advancements don't mean that the building neglects nostalgia. A restored stained glass arch crowns the entrance, as does a classic marquee; inside, refurbished marble walls and Deco-influenced art hearken back to the dawn of Hollywood, when everything was super shiny. Likewise, the screens regularly show classic films alongside current releases. Aside from movies, The Logan Theatre hosts special events including comedy and trivia nights.
Abuzz with excitement, finely dressed patrons entered the lobby beneath chandeliers and vaulted, ornate ceilings rimmed in gold trim. Back then, such opulent theaters were called "movie palaces"—and a trip to one was a thrilling, elegant event. Patio Theater upholds those bygone traditions within its grandly restored theater, which first opened in 1927. Moviegoers today take their seats beneath a soaring, simulated sky awash with twinkling stars and moving clouds. And though the theater revives the majesty of yore, that doesn't mean the technology is antiquated: the theater is equipped with digital screens, movies, and surround sound. In addition to screening current feature films, the theater also shows cult classics such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
With its gargantuan ballroom space, the Congress Theater is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears. The former movie palace, which boasts a curved upper deck lined with red-velvet seats, beckons concertgoers to its lushly vintage confines for country-music shows, bluegrass festivals, and electronic-music performances. Regardless of the act, audience members revel beneath an ornately decorated domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded. The theater also is branching out into its surrounding neighborhood by filling attached storefronts with restaurants, small grocers, and other community partners.
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The mission of The Sidebar Show is simple: host club-caliber comedians without the club. Inside Riverview Tavern's laid-back showroom, three Chicago standups produce sets featuring hand-picked talent from the local and national scenes. The relaxed atmosphere allows guests to kick back, sip on a beer, and watch the witty performers, free from worries such as drink minimums and bouncer-enforced laugh quotas.
A glass of cold sangria in one hand, a plate of food balanced in the other. The only reason to disrupt such a perfect combination might be to dance to the live band performing just a few feet away. That's the basic Midsommarfest formula, and every summer, nearly 50,000 people flock to Andersonville for this celebration of all things local. Going strong for the past half century, the fest takes over Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa with booths for food and crafts as well as five different stages. These showcase eclectic entertainments that truly reflect the neighborhood's charm: not just cover bands (though there are those, too), but a pet parade, Swedish music, dance troupes, and sets from blues, roots, and funk bands. All the fun also helps the neighborhood, and not just because stoplights are powered by laughter; proceeds go to benefit community causes.