Thalia Hall, the newest music venue to grab the attention of Chicago's music lovers, has some serious roots. The hall served as a community and cultural hub from when it was first opened in the Pilsen neighborhood in the 1890s through the 1960s when its doors were closed. Over the last decade or so, Pilsen's reputation has turned from a relatively quiet, family neighborhood to one of the city's brightest hotspots for creative arts, emerging business, and restaurants, but until now lacked any sizable concert venue akin to Northside theaters such as the Metro, the Riviera, or the Vic. Thalia Hall is just the music hallowed hall that Pilsen has been craving.
While the building located at 1807 S. Allport St. was granted landmark status in 1989, it sat largely out of the limelight while the neighborhood around it continued to change.All that changed in the fall of 2013 when partners Bruce Finkelman [the man behind the Empty Bottle, Longman & Eagle, Beauty Bar, Bite, and more] and Craig Golden [whose own portfolio includes places like SPACE, Longman & Eagle, and Union] decided to breathe new life into the historic building and reimagine Thalia Hall as a modern, multifaceted community center, with attention to variety and detail that could only make its founder, John Dusek, proud if he were alive today.
They've already opened dining establishment Dusek's Board & Beer on the ground floor (outside seating soon-to-come), and the swanky Punch House cocktail bar in the building's basement, both having garnered the attention of Chicago foodies and visiting travelers alike. As of Wednesday, May 21 the renovated, balconied main theater will once again be open for business, starting with a performance from experimental musician Panda Bear. Along with concerts and other types of performances, Thalia Hall will feature neighborhood events such as city markets and more.
Experience Thalia Hall for yourself! Be sure to catch some of the many events coming to Thalia Hall this season:
CumbiaSazo Dance Party featuring LOS VICIOS DE PAPA and DJ Javier Estrada. Buy tickets here.
Thalia Hall "Haul," inaugurral community market. Free admission.
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. Buy tickets here
The Mavericks. Buy tickets here
Goat. Buy tickets here
Tab Benoit. Buy tickets here
Gillian Welch. Buy tickets here.
Camera Obscura. Buy tickets here.
By: Jamie Ludwig