Courthouse Place

Identifiable by its stern Romanesque Revival facade, this quiet professional building (1892) was for years the center of much judicial and journalistic hubbub. Celebrated defense attorney Clarence Darrow defended Chicago murderers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb here in 1924-saving them from the death penalty-and journalists Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur were inspired enough by the press room to write The Front Page in 1928. The courts moved out in 1929, leaving the building to the more mundane city agencies that occupied it until its renovation in the mid-1980s.

Useful information

Address : 

54 W. Hubbard St.

Nearby tourist attractions

Marina City
Marina City
From the river's edge rise the twin
0:30
River North
River North
Bounded on the west and south by the
1:30
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
This slice of Chicago's lakefront has
1:30
Wrigley Building
Wrigley Building
Set majestically on the north side of
1:00
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Michigan Avenue Bridge
The opening of the Michigan Avenue
0:30
Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower
Corporate headquarters of the Tribune
0:30
See all

Other ideas « Patrimony »

Marina City
Marina City
From the river's edge rise the twin
0:30
River North
River North
Bounded on the west and south by the
1:30
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
This slice of Chicago's lakefront has
1:30
See all

Other ideas « Art and Culture »

Wrigley Building
Wrigley Building
Set majestically on the north side of
1:00
Hotel InterContinental Chicago
Hotel InterContinental Chicago
The gold-leaf dome atop this 41-story
0:30
Merchandise Mart
Merchandise Mart
Chicago's wholesale furniture and design
0:30
See all