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"They Drive By Night" (1940) George Raft and Humphrey Bogart play brothers and independent truck drivers. It's a tough going for the two, battling against the big trucking companies, but somehow they always come through. Along the way they meet waitress Ann Sheridan and Ida Lupino, the latter bent on a romance with Raft in spite of the fact he's in love with Sheridan. The film did wonders for Lupino's career, supposedly audiences clapped during her courtroom scenes. After this…Find out more »
"High Sierra" (1941) After the success of "They Drive By Night," Ida Lupino was emerging as a major star at Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart desperate to advance to lead roles, talked George Raft (director Raul Walsh's first choice) out of taking the role. It proved to be a breakout performance; he would never again play second leads. Bogart plays Roy (Mad Dog) Earle recently released from prison and eager for one big time robbery so he can retire in comfort.…Find out more »
"Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) Considered one of the few films noir shot in Technicolor, "Leave Her to Heaven" was one of the biggest hits of the 1940s. Gene Tierney plays Ellen Berent a woman whose jealousy and possessiveness destroys the lives of those who get in her way. All admissions: $5 Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll have fun learning about the classical Hollywood period of filmmaking as well as…Find out more »
The Woman in the Window (1944) stars Edward G. Robinson as a mild-mannered college professor who gets involved with a mysterious woman (Joan Bennett). In the time span of one weekend, the professor’s life is turned upside down with no easy solution in site. This film was directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and features classic black and white cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll…Find out more »
This Gun for Hire (1942) is the film that made Alan Ladd a star and paired him with Veronica Lake, making them one of the most popular screen teams. Ladd stars as Raven a hired gun double crossed by his employer who reports him to the Los Angeles police department. Enter Veronica Lake, an entertainer and girlfriend of the detective, (Robert Preston) assigned to the case against Raven. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…Find out more »
Scarlet Street (1945) reunited Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett (The Woman in the Window) in a new noir tale. Robinson is a shy, lonely man stuck in a loveless marriage to a woman who demeans him on a daily basis, comparing him constantly to her late first husband. When Robinson sees Bennett being ruffed up by her boyfriend (Dan Duryea), he steps in to save her. Little did Robinson realize that his good deed would lead to a series…Find out more »
Call Northside 777 (1948) is based on a true story and shot entirely on location in Chicago. James Stewart plays a newspaper man who tries to help a poor woman get her son out of jail, believing he is not guilty of the murder he was sent to prison for. Using old fashioned shoe leather and the latest technology, Stewart comes to believe justice has not been served. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…Find out more »
Gaslight (1944) is a historical drama with noir overtones. It features beautiful black and white photography and an Academy Award winning performance from Ingrid Bergman as Paula, the wife of a man (Charles Boyer) who may be trying to drive her crazy. The film is tautly directed by George Cukor who guided a 16-year-old Angela Lansbury to an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress in her film debut. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…Find out more »
House of Strangers (1949) is a family drama starring Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte. Robinson stars as Gino Monetti a self-made man who made his fortune banking. He has four sons. Three sons work with Gino at the bank. His other son, Max (Richard Conte) is a lawyer who rents office space in the bank. The sons that work with their father resent him because he belittles and insults them at every opportunity. When Gino is found…Find out more »
PianoForte Studios is located at 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.
The easiest way to find parking near us is by using SpotHero. Click on their logo below to be redirected to their website.
If you prefer to go directly to a garage or lot, here is a list of a few in the area:
- 1234 S Michigan Avenue Garage - ParkMichigan Self Park Garage - Entrance on Michigan Avenue - Credit Card Only
- 1255 S Michigan Avenue Garage - Sky55 - Entrance on S 13th St - Credit Card Only
- 1408 S Wabash Avenue - Open Air Lot - Entrance on Wabash Avenue
Street parking on our block is unmetered, but finding a spot can be difficult at most times of the day. One block south of us there is metered street parking. We recommend having a backup plan if you decide to try to park on the street.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We are located on the east side of Michigan Avenue two blocks south of Roosevelt Rd. The address is 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Our concert hall is on the 2nd Floor.
Where should I park?
Please see the Parking Section above.
Is there handicap access?
We have an elevator in the back of our building. The elevator is keyed and will require a staff member to escort you. If you aren't able to take the stairs please enter the front door of the building and ring the doorbell directly ahead of you in the entry area. One of our staff will be down shortly to help.
How many seats are in the hall? Is seating assigned or general?
Our concert hall seats a maximum of 100 people. We generally have chairs set up for 65 to 80 depending on the event. All of our concerts are general admission unless otherwise noted in the event description.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
Generally, yes. Unless a concert is extremely popular we will have tickets available at the door. You can pay either by cash or card.
How early should I arrive? What time will doors open?
The door open time depends on the artists and how long they feel they need to rehearse before the concert. In general doors will open 15 to 30 minutes before the event start time. We recommend arriving 10 to 20 minutes before the concert start time to get a seat and settle in before the show starts.