Broadway in Chicago: 5 interesting facts about Chicago’s theater district

Broadway in Chicago:  5 interesting facts about Chicago’s theater district

A short walk away from the magnificent mile & the loop in the heart of downtown Chicago, Catch 35 Seafood and Premium Steaks & Broadway in Chicago has catered to a variety of theater lovers throughout the years.

Here are a few facts you might not have known about the historical theaters that house the bounty of Broadway productions delivered to you by BIC!

1. The Bank of America Theatre opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1906 and was Chicago’s first million-dollar-plus venue and the city’s tallest building at the time.

2. To provide a more intimate theater setting, Broadway In Chicago announced a new location to their family of theaters: the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in 2010.

3. The Cadillac Palace was originally opened as the flagship of vaudeville’s legendary Orpheum Circuit.  Some famous talents that are believed to have graced the Palace’s stage in its early years are Jimmy Durante, Mae West, Jack Benny, Sophie Tucker and Bob Hope.

4. Oriental Theatre, opened in 1926, was one of the first motion picture palaces whose décor was inspired by the Far East.

5.  Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University was one of the first public buildings to use electric lighting and air-conditioning in Chicago.

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As a partner of Broadway in Chicago, Catch 35, one of Chicago’s top seafood restaurants, delivers a rich dining experience that emphasizes high quality ingredients & superb service to appetize all theater patrons’ desires.   To enhance your experience, Catch 35 offers discounted valet service for theatergoers. If you dine at Catch 35 and use our valet, then the cost of the valet ($16) is deducted from your check, plus you do not have to pick up your car until after the show. Wow, what a deal!

With the variety of shows coming our way from Evil dead-the musical to Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas tale to Annie to Hansel and Gretel: A wickedly delicious musical treat, Broadway in Chicago will be on the to do list this holiday season.

Here are a couple of recommendations from Chef Eddie Sweeney for when you dine at Catch 35 before your show. 

Starter:  Maryland style crabcake with caramelized peppers & onions, remoulade sauce

Entrée:  Blackened Block Island Swordfish with chipotle onions, Florida shrimp,

& goat cheese crema

Dessert:  Chocolate chip cookie dough bread pudding with vanilla sauce

 & whipped cream

Drink recommendation: Five Rabbit “5 Lizzard”:  creamy & refreshing wheat beer, lightly spicy with tangy fruitiness.

 See you soon!