Argyle Night Market
The Argyle Night Market offers street food from local eateries and free entertainment by neighborhood theater troupes and musicians. Oh,...
It's also known as ‘Little Saigon.’ Many residents came here as refugees from the Vietnam War and subsequently filled the storefronts...
Sporty Crew offers a change from the usual scene, with good microbrews and 21 hi-def TVs tuned to all the big games. Weekly trivia and...
Ba Le Bakery
Ba Le serves Saigon-style banh mi sandwiches, with steamed pork, shrimp cakes or meatballs on fresh baguettes made right here. The...
1333-1345 W Argyle St · interesting places nearby
Essanay Studios information
Back before the talkies made silent film obsolete, Chicago reigned supreme as the number one producer of movie magic in the USA. Essanay churned out silent films with soon-to-be household names like WC Fields and Charlie Chaplin. Filming took place at the big studio that was here. Essanay’s terra-cotta Indian head logo remains above the door at 1345 Argyle.
These days, the building belongs to a local college. Essanay folded in 1917, about the time that many of its actors were being lured to the bright lights of a still-nascent Hollywood. If you see any of the early Essanay films, you'll notice local children performing unintentional cameos, and bits of familiar neighborhoods poking into the edge of 'Caifornia' mesas. It was an era when editing took a back seat to getting the product out the door and into theaters.