The Congress Theater in 2008
|Address||2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue|
Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois
|Owner||New Congress LLC|
|Type||Mixed-use theater block|
|Current use||Closed for renovation|
|Architect||Fridstein & Company|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Italian Renaissance|
|NRHP reference No.||160005792|
|Added to NRHP||January 6, 2017|
|Designated CL||July 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. It was a source of controversy due to issues such as liquor violations, a notoriously tough security team, and lax building upkeep.
In early 2014, Carranza announced he would sell the theater to developer Michael Moyer. Moyer plans to spend $65 million restoring the theater, with the goal of reopening the Congress in 2019.