City to help pay for Civic Opera House restoration

Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:58 a.m.

By Kathy Bergen
Chicago will pay up to 25 percent of the tab on a $1.9 million restoration of exterior doors and storefront windows at the historic Civic Opera House, the City Council decided this week.

The city will provide as much as $488,844 in tax increment financing assistance to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the restoration on its downtown home, designed in 1927 by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White.  The firm also designed the Wrigley Building and the Merchandise Mart.

The two-year project will restore the deteriorated ornamental doors and
storefront windows along the pedestrian-level facade along Wacker Drive
and Madison Avenue, which is visible to thousands of rail commuters who
walk to the nearby Ogilvie Transportation Center.

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  1. Jefferson June 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    How pathetic. Does Tishman Speyer not have enough money?

  2. Joeb June 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Sure, why not? Clearly the city has so much money to spare right now.

  3. Sue June 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    That whole building needs to be redone inside and out. I worked in that building and no matter how much painting or remodeling we did to our suite, it still had that old, tired looking office. It was depressing to go to that building every day.

  4. dmlawyer June 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    That is enough for 10 police officers.
    I am sure the people of Englewood, Chatham and Roseland will really appreciate this.

  5. Denny Crane June 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Daley! It’s the taxpayer’s money, not yours and we say no! Why don’t you call Penny Pritzker and ask her to foot the bill?