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“Exotic Architecture at Modern Times”

Bloomingdale's Home + Furniture
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This impressive building, originally designed by architects Huehl and Schmidt, was built in 1912-1913 as a place of assembly to host various social events - conventions, concerts, and circuses. Historically, it's known as Medinah Hall, or Medinah Temple, being a distinguished example of Moorish Revival architecture. In some sources, it's also referred to as the pseudo-Arabian or Islamic Revival architecture.

The building is stunning and unforgettable, it has excellent reputation for its perfect acoustics - over time, the Chicago Symphony recorded dozens of performances there.

In 2000, the exterior of the building was restored, and the interior was reconstructed, and the whole structure was redeveloped in 2003. The building was designated the Chicago Landmark in 2001.

Nowadays, it is the Bloomingdale's Home + Furniture Store, and it is no less impressive and memorable today. The fascinating stained glass windows, the massive onion domes, the vast space inside - everything keeps the history alive.

I spent some time at this memorable site, took a number of pictures, looked at the perfect layout of all the departments, admired all the floors and the dome, talked to the most courteous staff. All the departments have the contemporary, exquisite merchandise - from shining crystal glasses to designer's furniture and luggage. Fantastic collections.

This building and this store are one of those rare instances in life when modern architecture and high-end commerce enhance the ever-lasting beauty of the past.

Thank irina g
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at the Acme Hotel and our room looked over this weird globe on the roof of Bloomie’s and we just had to check it out - an my what a piece of artwork that is! The store is great too with free coffee samples and friendly staff. Construction outside but warm and friendly once inside - worth a visit!

Thank Mark107
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

Though the restoration is well done, I've always found it a bit odd to buy kitchen, towels, bedding under what is a perfect acoustic dome where Sir Georg Solti conducted the astounding Grammy-winning recordings of the Chicago Symphony.

Thank Rolf A
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

I was most impressed by the customer service I received at the Bloomingale's Medinah Home Store. Sales associate took their time with you and did not rush. (That was great, though could be unfortunate if there were lots of shoppers, and not enough associates, although when I was there in October 2017, that wasn't an issue.) The tabletop section had a wide variety of luxury brands: Juliska, Franz Porcelain, Baccarat, Christofle, Lalique, Villeroy and Boch, Rosenthal, Bernaurdaud, Michael Aram, and Nambé. The lower level had a nice selection of small kitchen appliances and various tools of the trade - plus when I was there Nespresso representatives were there, so free coffee!

Length of Visit: Less than an hour if just browsing; obviously several hours if you are doing serious shopping or setting up your registry

Bathrooms: Handicap accessible; 2nd Floor for sure

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Nice, clean store

Thank KittyvDK
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

The Bloomindale's store now occupies what was once the Medinah Shriner Temple, one of the coolest structures in downtown Chicago. It looks like something out of Aladdin, with distinctive Middle Eastern designs. Great windows and domed roof. Store staff are used to visitors entering just to gawk at the building. They even have a brochure outlining the history of the unique building; just ask one of the staff for a copy.

Thank Raintree_Thailand
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