Chicago Architecture Info

Esquire Theater

58 East Oak Street, Chicago

Facts

Address 58 East Oak Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Neighborhood Gold Coast
Built 1938
Type
  • Retail
Floors 3
Architecture Firms
  • Gelick Foran & Associates
  • Pereira and Pereira
Architect W.L. Pereira

Notes

  • When this building was redeveloped, its sunken first level auditorium floor was raised to street level, and the top two floors were combined into a double-height space.
  • A big challenge in redeveloping this building was turning its multiple sloping auditorium floors into flat floors useable for retail space.

Timeline

2003 The theater closed
September 2008 The city approved a plan to redevelop this building into three small retail buildings.
July 2011 A new plan was floated to redevelop this building into a retail and restaurant complex.