Will the Thalia Hall Become Pilsen’s New Music Venue?

The owner of the Empty Bottle has big plans for the landmark building.

photograph: alex garcia/chicago tribune

The Thalia Hall at 18th Street and Allport Street in Pilsen.

Empty Bottle and Longman & Eagle owner, Bruce Finkelman, has plans to turn the historic Thalia Hall in Pilsen into a nightclub.

Crain’s reported this morning that Finkelman holds a contract to buy the four-story building on 18th Street (asking price $3.5 million). But acquiring a city license and gaining approval for renovation plans on the building, designated a landmark since 1989, might slow him down.

The 121-year-old hall has a theater, a two-story restaurant, three retail spots and eight apartments. There was a good piece about the 1892 building’s modern real estate saga in the Reader a few years ago. 

If all goes well this time around, Finkelman’s new club could help turn Pilsen—and 18th Street in particular—into a nightlife hotspot. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you, Bruce.



1 year ago
Posted by BruceBottle

We appreciate all crossed fingers and toes.... Thanks.

1 year ago
Posted by Jackalope January

If all does not work out you should look into the Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport. We would love to see the sister theater to the Music Box Theater re-opened. It's right on Halsted Street, has a parking lot, and is convenient from the Red and Rrange lines. Take a look!

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