13 Upstate NY movie marquees that will make you yearn for the good old days

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13 Upstate New York Theatre Marquees that are still going strong! Including some that hosted live vaudeville and touring acts still showing off their best side at the great entertainment palaces across the Upstate region. Big or small, they are all gorgeous.

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Oakland Art Deco Comes Back to Life

With large floor plates and high ceilings, the building is well-suited for creative, tech and start-ups.

Built in 1931, the iconic Art Deco-designed Breuner Building at 2201 Broadway was originally designed by famed architect Albert Roller as the home of Breuner’s Home Furnishings. It was converted to office space some 20 years ago but languished over time. Today, the one-of-a-kind structure has once again come to life.

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Lee Lumber closes after 66 years, the ‘end of an era’

Lee Lumber, founded in 1952, and one of the largest family-owned lumberyards in Chicago, is going out of business. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

Since word got out about the closure of Lee Lumber, the largest family-owned lumberyard in Chicago, co-owner Randy Baumgarten has fielded grateful notes from longtime customers, emotional hugs from employees, and many calls about the company’s sign.

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Distinctive Art Deco Former Movie Theatre in Playhouse District Sold for $5.3 Million

Local developer Morton Development Group has bought the iconic Artistry Theater Building in the Pasadena Playhouse District for $5.3 million and plans to redevelop the property to attract a dynamic group of quality tenants ranging from fitness, luxury home goods, office users and restaurants.

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The real story behind Ms. Claybelt

Ms. Claybelt welcomes tourists at the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum. Photo: Bill Steer

There are criteria that make some roadside mascots better than others. One, it has to be photogenic. Another, it should be something people are willing to get beside for a photo as it “will be fun to stop,” or this one is “udderly-ridiculous.”

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CTA celebrates 75th anniversary of city’s first subway line


In 1943, the first underground transit line opened in Chicago: the 4.9-mile State Street Subway. Decades later it’s adapted into the Red Line, but the stations along the route still retain a lot of historical charm.

Historic photos from the city’s archive detailing the State Street Subway will be displayed for several weeks in the nine stations that were originally part of the underground line. Each station from North/Clybourn to Roosevelt will have a gallery of 20 images placed throughout the mezzanine levels.

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