Public Utility: Lookingglass Theatre

Mara Blumenfeld pulls onto Michigan Avenue, her car stuffed with fabric. Banners hang along Chicago's Magnificent Mile, and when the resident costume designer looks at them on moving day, they all say LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE. “We were working so hard to make this happen,” she says of the theatre's new home in the Chicago Water Tower Water Works, a neo-Gothic limestone structure that resembles a medieval castle. “It didn't seem real. Then I looked up, and there they were.”

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