History in South Loop

23rd Street Bridge and South Lake Shore Drive

The Blues Brothers - Police Roadblock

The police set up a roadblock right here at 23rd Street Bridge and South Lake Shore Drive in an effort to stop the fleeing Blues Brothers, Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd).  The road is now closed to traffic and connects the McCormick Place buildings.

1500 South Lumber Street

The Dark Knight - Batman's Secret Underground Lair

This was Batman's (Christian Bale) secret underground lair in which he conducted ballistics tests and experimented with all of his crazy gadgets. Wayne drives his motorcycle to 1500 South Lumber Street. Good luck finding it.  

2301 South Indiana Avenue

The Dark Knight - Wayne Enterprises' 'Applied Sciences Division

Wayne Enterprises' "Applied Sciences Division" is located in the convention hall of McCormick Place's west building at 2301 South Indiana Avenue. It's where Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) develops Batman's (Christian Bale) incredible gadgets.

720 South Michigan Avenue

The Fugitive - Dr. Richard Kimble vs. Dr. Charles Nichols

The climactic final fight scenes between Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) and Dr. Charles Nichols (Jeroen Krabbe) take place in the bowels of the Hilton Chicago at 720 South Michigan Avenue.

History in South Loop
Vintage Restaurants

1159 South Canal Street

White Palace Grill

Since 1939, the White Palace Grill at 1159 South Canal Street in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood has been dishing out down-home, diner-style food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  When the restaurant was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," owner George Liakopolous told Guy Fieri that the front doors have locks only because city code requires it and that he never obtained a key when he purchased the diner several years earlier. 

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History in South Loop

1729 South Prairie Avenue

George Pullman

Industrialist George Pullman was best known for establishing the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867, which built a sleeping car for railroads.  Pullman built what was envisioned to be a model town for his employees south of the city, but the workers ultimately revolted and went on strike in 1894.  Pullman lived here at 1729 South Prairie Avenue in one of the wealthiest sections of the city of Chicago.  Pullman is a nationally registered historic site.

2310 South Indiana Avenue

John Mills Van Osdel

John Mills Van Osdel, who resided at 2310 South Indiana Avenue, was Chicago's first architect.  His designs included the home of William B. Ogden (the city's first mayor), the Palmer House, the first city hall, and many of the buildings near State and Lake which ultimately shifted the center of pre-fire downtown chicago.  He also designed the first bridge across the North Branch of the Chicago River, the First Baptist Church, and Rush Medical College.

1905 South Prairie Avenue

Marshall Field

A pioneer in the retail industry, Marshall Field founded the company that bore his name for 153 years before being acquired by Macy's in 2005.  He stressed good service to gain customer loyalty and thought the department store should provide the whole shopping world to the customer, making every product and service available.  

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1428 South Michigan Avenue

Myra Bradwell

Myra Bradwell became the the first female attorney in Illinois in 1892.  Bradwell founded a weekly legal newspaper called "Chicago Legal News."  It soon became "the most important legal publication in the western United States."  She lived at 1428 South Michigan Avenue with her husband, James, but her home was one of many that perished in the great fire.

714-716 West Roosevelt Road

Paul Muni

Paul Muni was a prominent actor in the 1930's.  His family moved to Chicago when he was 13 years old.  Muni's father opened Weisenfreund's Pavilion Theatre at Halsted and Roosevelt, where Paul "learned the tricks of the trade," according to the Chicago Tribute Project.  He fixed his own makeup, developed different accents, and played a wide variety of roles.  He made his Broadway debut in 1926 and went to Hollywood in 1928.  

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2115 South Prairie Avenue

Philip D. Armour

Philip Danforth Armour founded Armour and Company, one of the largest meatpacking firms in the country, in 1867.  As Donald Miller wrote in City of the Century:  "Armour ran the most tremendous butchering establishments in the world, a 14-acre 'village' in the yards with its own rail lines, fire company and chemical laboratory.  

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