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Old Posted Mar 25, 2021, 9:44 PM
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Looks like the top of Louisville's tallest building:

It reminds me of the Jewelers Building (also in Chicago):



^^ This is another hidden gem (Chicago's secondary Art Deco buildings deserve way more attention than they get).
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2021, 9:54 PM
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^ the jewelers building is neoclassical, not art deco.

but she's certainly a noteworthy beauty from a bygone era:


source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_East_Wacker
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I seem to remember hearing on a Chicago River architecture cruise that Al Capone operated a speakeasy in that domed area, or is that another building?
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I seem to remember hearing on a Chicago River architecture cruise that Al Capone operated a speakeasy in that domed area, or is that another building?
That's an urban legend (and one often repeated by lesser river cruise tour guides).

You have the right building, but the story simply isn't true.

The building did once have a restaurant up in the dome called the Stratosphere Club, but it didn't open until 1937, long after prohibition had ended and after capone was in prison.

decades later, famed chicago architect Helmut Jahn once had his showroom inside the dome.


a true fun fact about the building: it once contained an interior elevator for cars that served the first 23 floors and facilitated safe transfers for jewelry merchants and their precious merchandise.
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