Music: Auditorium's Revenge

If buildings shared humans' love for revenge, the Chicago Auditorium last week would have been supremely, smugly satisfied. The old Auditorium, which President Benjamin Harrison and Adelina Patti helped dedicate 43 years ago, used to be headquarters for Chicago's social and operatic splendor. Four months after Samuel Insull opened his $20,000,000 skyscraper opera house, the Auditorium went into receivership, grew dingier & dingier while its longtime patrons went to the new plush-lined theatre on Wacker Drive. Last week the Insull House was dark and the Auditorium, refurbished at a cost of...

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