Thursday, September 9, 2010

Place Your BET

They may look like a couple of particularly dilapidated Uptown buildings today, but tomorrow is the beginning of big changes for 4440-4450 N Clark. 

That's when the Black Ensemble Theater will hold the long-awaited ground-breaking for its fully-owned new theatre complex, at 2pm on Friday afternoon.  According to Hedy Weiss in the Sun-Times, "Expected to be on hand ... are Gov. Quinn, Mayor Daley and Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th). Chicago-bred actor Harry Lennix (who played Boyd Langton in the Fox TV show "Dollhouse") will chair the ceremony. And there will be brief performances drawn from some of BET's most popular shows."

You can see a rendering of the new complex here, read more about BET founder Jackie Taylor here, and read the rest of Hedy Weiss's informative article here.  We are thrilled to see tangible results of BET's hard-fought determination, and think having the theatre on this stretch of Clark will bring much-needed activity to a long-neglected block.


  1. The WCE's back deck looks right at that POS building, so needless to say, this is the most exciting thing to happen to me since I moved to Uptown.

  2. Definitely a very exciting project that will hopefully spur more development in the area. Maybe a restaurant or bar?

  3. This is a wonderful use of
    $7 million in TIF funds in Schulter's ward!

  4. I live right up the street, and this is the sort of development that will pull the area up by its bootstraps. I cannot WAIT til it opens.