History in Near West Side

2245 West Jackson Boulevard

Crane High School

Founded in 1890, Crane High School was originally an all-male school academic institution at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue.  Back then it was known as English High Manual and Training School.  In 1903, the school moved to 2245 West Jackson Boulevard and shared its building with Crane College from 1911 to 1969.  Chicago Bears founder George S. Halas was an alumnus.  

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History in Near West Side
Clubs and theaters

1835 West Madison Street

Haymarket Theater

The Haymarket Theater opened for business in December 1887 at 1835 West Madison Street (originally 717-726 West Madison Street) as one of the biggest theaters in the city with a seating capacity of 2,475.  "Haymarket spent its first nine seasons as a legitimate playhouse, featuring a variety of classic plays and contemporary melodramas starring some of the best-known actors of the era," according to Jazz Age Chicago.  

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2048 West Madison Street

Star and Garter Theater

Opened in February 1908 at 2048 West Madison Street (originally 815 West Madison Street), the Star and Garter Theater was one of Chicago's biggest burlesque houses.  As its owners aimed to legitimize burlesque as an entertainment form, the theater was extravagant and pricey.  "Most accounts put the theater's cost at between $450,000 and $500,000, or roughly $11 million in 2009 dollars," according to Jazz Age Chicago.  

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1761 West Van Buren Street

The Dreamland Ballroom

The Dreamland Ballroom at 1761 West Van Buren Street was a “cavernous, old, one-story building under the tracks” operated by local sports promoter and impresario Paddy Harmon (who died in a car accident in 1930).  The house orchestra was conducted by Doc Cooke and featured such early jazz legends as Freddie Keppard (on cornet) and Jimmy Noone (on clarinet and alto saxophone).

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History in Near West Side
National Landmarks

60 north ashland avenue

First Baptist Congregational Church

The city designated the First Baptist Congregational Church as a landmark on January 21, 1982.  Gordon P. Randall built the church between 1869 and 1871.