Last night I was walking up Milwaukee Ave when I noticed that the Congress Theater had whitewashed the word “Theater” off their sign. Is this because of all the renovations they’re doing? They’ve been having a ton of issues and are said to be adding 10 – 18 street-level spaces including a grocer, a cafe and a gastropub. I can’t figure out if they still will also be a theater, but the removal of the word from their sign seems to indicate they won’t be. I also noticed a lot of windows papered up. Guess they’re getting to work already!
Here’s a photo I took in 2009, for comparison: