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gotham general hospital

from batman: the dark knight posted in movies by chewing_the_scenery

Much of The Dark Knight, the second part of Nolan's Batman trilogy, was filmed in Chicago. The former Brach’s candy factory on Chicago's West Side, which shut down in 2003, was used for the exterior of Gotham General Hospital, and it's the administration building that we see getting demolished for the sequence when the Joker blows it up.

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the vic theatre

from ween posted in music by pete_nice

Built in 1912 and designed by John E.O. Pridmore, the Vic Theatre (or more accurately, the Victoria Theatre) in Chicago was a vaudeville theater and is now a music venue that often doubles as a Brew and View second-run movie house.

In November 2003, Ween taped a live performance here for their May 2004 DVD/CD release Ween: Live in Chicago.

Other performances taped here include Bill Hicks' HBO special One Night Stand in 1991, Jim Gaffigan's Beyond the Pale CD, DVD and TV special in 2006, and Wilco's Kicking Television: Live in Chicago in May 2005.

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buddy guy’s legends

from buddy guy posted in music by tacopolis

Opened in 1989, Buddy Guy's Legends is a bar/restaurant/blues music venue that is owned by Buddy Guy. Born on July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, LA, the 75-year-old blues legend still takes the stage every January. Apparently, he often hangs out at the establishment when he's in town.

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edgar rice burroughs birthplace

from edgar rice burroughs, tarzan posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

The writer/creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars was born at this address on September 1, 1875.

The fourth son of Civil War veteran and businessman Major George Tyler Burroughs (1833–1913) and his wife Mary Evaline (Zieger) Burroughs (1840–1920), Edgar Rice Burroughs attended several schools in the area until he left Chicago because of the influenza epidemic for his brother's ranch on the Raft River in Idaho.

In the ensuing years, Burroughs was a soldier in the Arizona Territory, performed ranch work, and worked for his father's firm. In 1911, he was working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler and was reading a great deal of pulp fiction. It was at this point that he decided to begin writing.

As he stated: "...if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten. As a matter of fact, although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a whole lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines."

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improv olympic theatre

from chris farley, tina fey, mike myers posted in television by pete_nice

This entry is featured in the blog post Chris Farley: Life and Locations.

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