Chicago’s Historic Congress Theater Gives Up Treasures of the Past

Chicagoan Eric Nordstrom who is working on the project to revamp the famous Congress Theater in Chicago was taking apart the furnace when he found some historical goodies in the plenum.  It was an assortment of candy wrappers and cigarette packs from as far back as the 1920s, nearly 100 years ago.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and for Chicagoan Eric Nordstrom, that’s especially true. As DNA Info reports, Nordstrom recently uncovered a trove of Depression-era candy wrappers and boxes from a plenum — an air circulation chamber — under the balcony seating of Chicago’s historic Congress Theater, which is in the midst of a massive overhaul since closing in 2013.

Along with the wrappers, Nordstrom found cigarettes packages, ticket stubs, matchbooks, hand-drawn schematics and a “ghost viewer.”…



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