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Thalia Hall, Chicago

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Thalia Hall – Faber and Pagels, architects

Commissioned 1892 – John Dusek

Landmark designation 10/25/1989

Thalia Hall is a historic landmark located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. In September 2013, owners Bruce Finkelman [Beauty Bar, Bite, Empty Bottle, EBP, Longman & Eagle] and Craig Golden [Longman & Eagle, Space, Union] will launch three new concepts within this storied property: a re-established beer inspired restaurant, a Punch focused cocktail bar, and a public hall fit for all types of events.

Thalia Hall was founded by John Dusek at the turn of the century as a neighborhood establishment. Dusek was a family man, a tavern owner, and a facilitator of the arts. He was a visionary, and the founding father of Thalia Hall. His hope for the corner of 18th & Allport was to build a public hall for the community. In 1892 his dream became reality: a multi-purpose property that would offer commercial storefronts, residential housing, and a hall for the community.

John Dusek built Thalia Hall with the hopes of bringing arts and entertainment from Bohemia to play for his bohemian neighbors. Architects Faber & Pagel, who modeled the hall after the Prague opera house, completed the public hall in 1892. For over 7 decades the Hall was a beacon of the neighborhood community. Thalia existed as one of the most ornate theaters of its times. This opulence, which differentiated it from more traditional interior theaters, was granted landmark status in 1989. The hall was used not only to house a multitude of entertainment over the years, but was also used as a central meeting spot for the neighborhood. In 1915, the hall was used to draft a bill paving the way for bohemian statehood and the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Closed to the Public in the 1960′s, Thalia Hall has remained virtually untouched until the end of 2013, when we first began working on it. Our goal is to restore Thalia to its original charm and character, to breath life into this community treasure, and to bring a wide array of music, community, and artistic events to the neighborhood it serves.
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  • Chicago is a community of many neighborhoods and many ethnic groups, like steakhouses and pizza parlors and hot dog stands. That's why Thalia Hall is so interesting. Located at 1807 South Allport Stre...  more »
  • Really enjoyed my first visit. I saw the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Everything was spot on and I even managed to get on stage!!  more »
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  • This is one of the nicest venues I have ever visited. The show I was at was seated and the chairs were very comfortable. It is a medium sized venue but it felt very intimate. Chicago music fans are some of the best in the country. The show was stripped down and you could have heard a pin drop except for the applause points.
  • This historical building needs some work but the beauty is still there. There are restaurants and bars in the building and we didn't need to brave the Chicago cold to be entertained. Loved our time here and I hope to learn more about the history of this intriguing building

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