Uptown Broadway Building

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Location4703--4715 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°58′5″N87°39′31″W / 41.96806°N 87.65861°W / 41.96806; -87.65861 Coordinates: 41°58′5″N87°39′31″W / 41.96806°N 87.65861°W / 41.96806; -87.65861
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectAhlschlager, W.W.
NRHP reference No. 86003143 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 06, 1986

The Uptown Broadway Building is a historic three-story building at 47034715 North Broadway in Uptown, Chicago. [2] Built in 1926, it was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager and is known for its ornate terra-cotta facade, depicting ancient gods, rams' heads, shields, helmets, birds, fruits, and trophies. [3] Lynn Becker of the Chicago Reader has called the exterior "a riotous, Spanish-baroque-inspired hallucination". [4] According to unconfirmed local legends, Al Capone operated a speakeasy in the building's basement. [3]


The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. [2] It is also listed as part of the Uptown Square Historic District. [3]

On December 31, 2013, the Kiss Kiss Cabaret announced they have chosen it for their new location.

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  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. 1 2 Illinois: Cook County. National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 Eve M. Kahn. "Legend of the North Side". Traditional Building. August 2009. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  4. Lynn Becker. "An architectural history of Uptown". Chicago Reader. March 30, 2007. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.

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