Northwest Tower (AKA The Coyote Building), 2012

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The Northwest Tower is a well known landmark in Chicago. You can see it on the horizon as you come up from the subway on the Blue Line. Once you see it, you know that you have reached Wicker Park. It was built in 1928 and in the 1980’s became known as the Coyote building because the artists who were living there thought it resembled a howling coyote– thus how they got the name for the Around The Coyote Arts festival.

Portage Theater 2011

Portage

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The Portage Theater on Milwaukee Avenue is one of the oldest movie houses in Chicago. It currently plays silent and classic films as well as hosting events. The Portage Theater is the home of the Silent Film Society of Chicago. It was used for interior shots to stand in for the Biograph Theater in the movie “Public Enemies”.  There’s talk of the new owner’s plan to possibly turn it into a live venue. Just as long as they don’t tear it down. It has a loyal following in Portage Park.

Fireside Bowl, 2011

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The Fireside Bowl that I remember from the Nineties was more of a venue to see live shows (Punk,mostly) than a place to actually bowl. It is now back to being a bowling alley again from what I hear. This area around Fullerton and California has seen a lot of growth in the last decade.