Places to See in Chicago: Then and Now

Wrigley Field: 1914 - Today

The first park was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the “Chicago Whales,” also called the "Chi-Feds." They came in second in the Federal League, a short-lived "third Major League", in 1914 and 1915. Today's Wrigley Field is fittingly located in Wrigleyville. It's really only a matter of time before the entire city will be renamed to Wrigley.


Water Tower: 1869 - Today

It's two claims to fame: second-oldest water tower in the United States and the only public building in the burned zone of the Great Chicago Fire to survive. Bravo Water Tower for doing your job. However, not everyone sings praise of our beloved aquatic structure that straddles the boundaries of Gold Coast and Streeterville. Said Oscar Wilde, it looked like "a castellated monstrosity with pepper boxes stuck all over it."

Well Mr. Wilde, maybe you look like a castellated monstrosity!


Chicago Theater: 1920s - Today

Originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre; The Chicago Theatre was built in 1921 in The Loop as one of a large chain of opulent motion picture houses. One of its biggest draws was live jazz, which Balaban and Katz promoted as early as September 1922 in a special event they called "Syncopation Week". This proved so successful that jazz bands became a mainstay of the Chicago.

Fun fact: Ronald Reagan announced his engagement to Jane Wyman at the theater.


The Second City Theatre: 1974 - Today

The Second City chose its self-mocking name from the title of an article about Chicago by A. J. Liebling that appeared in The New Yorker in 1952. After Second City's creation in Old Town it accepted its role as a comedy farm for SNL, producing stars like: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Meyers Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Rachel Dratch Tina Fey and John Belushi to name a few.


Art Institute: 1910 - Today

Located in The Loop, this 264,000-square-foot building is the second-largest art museum in the United States. In 2014, Tripadvisor reviewed millions of travelers' surveys and named the Art Institute the world's best museum. Oh and the Lions have their own Twitter account. #roar


Wrigley Building: 1930s - Today

Also known as Chicago's first air conditioned building, the Wrigley Building was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company in today's River North neighborhood. The building is covered in glazed terra-cotta; on occasion, the entire building has to be hand washed to preserve the terra cotta.


Dearborn and Randolph: Early 1900s - Today

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