Broadway in Chicago: 5 interesting facts about Chicago’s theatre 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 CIBC 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. James M. Nederlander 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 garage parking for all diners.

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

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

Entrée:  Scallops & Braised Short Rib Hash – Seared scallops – braised shortrib & red potato hash – black pepper aioli

Dessert:  Bourbon Pecan Pie with caramel sauce

Drink recommendation: La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2018

 See you soon!