Congress Theater
The Congress Theater in 2008
Address2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois
United States
Coordinates41°55′12″N 87°41′32″W / 41.92°N 87.69222°W / 41.92; -87.69222Coordinates: 41°55′12″N 87°41′32″W / 41.92°N 87.69222°W / 41.92; -87.69222
OwnerNew Congress LLC
DesignationNational Landmark
TypeMixed-use theater block
Current useClosed for renovation
Built1926 (1926)
Reopened(projected) 2019
Years active1926-2013
ArchitectFridstein & Company
Congress Theater
Congress Theater
Location in Chicago
Congress Theater
Location in Illinois
Congress Theater
Location in United States
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Italian Renaissance
NRHP reference No.160005792[1][2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 6, 2017
Designated CLJuly 10, 2002

The Congress Theater is a historic movie palace in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Fridstein and Company designed it in 1926 for the movie theater operator Lubliner and Trinz. It features ornate exterior and interior design work in a combination of the Classical Revival and Italian Renaissance styles. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

In its heyday, the Congress Theater could seat over 2,904 moviegoers. The theater block also had 17 retail storefronts with 56 apartments above. More recently, the theater operated as a 3,500-capacity live music venue.

For years the building was a common and popular concert venue. In April 2013, the theater was shut down and had its liquor license revoked due to numerous safety code violations.[3] It was a source of controversy due to issues such as liquor violations, a notoriously tough security team, and lax building upkeep.[4]

In early 2014, Carranza announced he would sell the theater to developer Michael Moyer.[4] Moyer plans to spend $65 million restoring the theater, with the goal of reopening the Congress in 2019.[5]

Notable events



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Congress Theater National Landmark Designation Report" (PDF). City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  3. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (May 24, 2013). "Congress Theater in peril as city revokes liquor license". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b DeRogatis, Jim (January 19, 2014). "Sale of Congress Theater pending". WBEZ. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Yerak, Becky (October 12, 2017). "With $65 million renovation soon underway, Congress Theater looks to reopen in 2019". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Chicago Landmarks: Congress Theater". City of Chicago. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  7. ^ "Rusko - Somebody to Love". YouTube. March 13, 2012.
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