Articles by Bee Ricketts

Rhapsody Theater Opens at 1328 W Morse Avenue in Rogers Park

A breath of air has been blown into a historic theater in Rogers Park. The newly opened Rhapsody Theater opened Tuesday at 1328 W Morse Avenue. The theater originally opened in 1912 as the Morse Theatre which operated as a vaudeville and movie house. According to  Cinema Treasures, the original theater sat 650 audience members. In 1938 the theater was remodeled in an Art Deco style, reopened, and was dubbed the Co-Ed Theatre.

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New Permits Issued for 3612 N Cicero Avenue in Portage Park

A new permit was issued this week for the construction of a four-story mixed-use construction located at 3612 N Cicero Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood. The permit’s owners have been listed as Flavius Schiopu and plans indicate there will be retail on the first floor, and three total units spread across the remaining floors. Each of the units will be outfitted with a rear open porch, and the building will have a three-vehicle parking pad.

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New Permits Issued for 1543 N Wieland Street in Old Town

Permits were issued yesterday for a new residential build located at 1543 N Wieland Street in the Lake View neighborhood. The permit owner is listed as Western Development Group. The building will be a four-story development with eight units with a below-grade basement parking garage. Plans show that there will be front balconies on the second through fourth stories as well as rear metal porches on all levels. There will be an outdoor stair that will extend to a rooftop deck and enclosure. The site is currently a parking lot.

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The National Museum of Gospel Music Planned for 3301 S Indiana Avenue In Bronzeville

The Pilgrim Baptist Church located at 3301 S Indiana Avenue in Bronzeville has received another infusion of much-needed funding for the upcoming National Museum of Gospel Music. The church, which was originally built as a synagogue by Adler & Sullivan in 1891, is sited at the intersection of S Indiana Avenue and E 33rd Street. The Baptist congregation purchased the building in 1921 where it was to become the the birthplace of Gospel.

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