Tweet and Big Chicks, 5000 block of North Sheridan Road
Not all the Deco news is bad. There are angels out there such as Michelle Fire, proprietor of the Tweet restaurant and Big Chicks bar in Uptown.
For the past 23 years, she has been the guardian of this little gem, designed in 1937 by architect Charles Kristen. Its asymmetrical facade, clearly influenced by the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, features dazzling decoration, with yellow vertical piers on a backdrop of cobalt blue, as well as splashes of aqua.
Michelle Fire stripped off signs and ironwork that obscured the building's ornament and later prevented the "boogering" of the building's terra-cotta exterior, as she laughingly puts it.
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