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“Fine Arts Building”
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Fine Arts Building
Ranked #177 of 635 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: A historic building that houses two theaters, several offices, shops and music studios.
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fine Arts Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2013

Great ORIGINALinterior detail and architecture, Interesting artists spaces and GREAT elevator operator. Don't miss this -

Visited December 2012
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Springfield, IL
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“A Piece of Chicago's Architectural History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

We took a tour of the Fine Arts Building, a.k.a. the Studebaker Building, through the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The tour took about an hour. We worked from the top of the building to the enterance. With a guide you learn information that wouldn't be available to anyone just walking in, such as the murals on the 10th floor. Most of the building is what a turn-of-the-20th-century office building would look like with doors and frosted glass windows. Only the lower floors are decorative. Still it is where many of the builders of Chicago worked, including Frank Lloyd Wright.

Visited December 2012
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Homewood, Illinois
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

This is an old building that isn't very interesting. I used to go get sheet music on the 7th or 8th floor, and the most interesting thing I can say about it is that there is still an elevator man (not self-operated) and he used to throw that elevator into high gear so you went from 0-20 in a second- kind of reminded one of Disney's Tower of Terror

Visited October 2011
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Want a great cultural quick-trip that costs nothing? Take the elevator to the top floor (yes, they still have actual human elevator-operators.) The elevator itself is like a ride at Disney! On the top floor, look for some long-forgotten murals. Then walk down the entire height of the building and enjoy the ambiance of a wonderful old pile of bricks that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time! There is even a deserted theatre, hidden from view behind locked doors, on the first floor, that the elevator operator might let you see – if he is in a good mood – which is unlikely :) Enjoy!

Visited February 2012
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Mokena, Illinois
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78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“art at it's best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

The way the pictures were displayed. Very quiet and relaxing.

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