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Bronze Marker Pieces Disappearing From Chicago Theatre District

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Pieces of a Chicago Theatre District marker have been pried away. (CBS/Steve Miller)

Pieces of a Chicago Theatre District marker have been pried away. (CBS/Steve Miller)

(CBS) — If you’ve ever noticed those markers on Randolph Street proclaiming the “Chicago Theatre District,” you know they’re disappearing fast.

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

Michaele Hoffmann is a tourist from Germany walking through the Loop, noticing those inlaid bronze markers. There are nearly a dozen of them, and almost none of them fully intact.

“It’s a shame.  It’s a shame that somebody probably took them,” Hoffman says.

Gabe Klein is Chicago’s commissioner of transportation, who will be surveying the Chicago Theatre District markers, installed in 1999. They are now missing huge hunks of stars, letters — even the centerpiece word “Theatre.”

“We’re going to talk to some of the stakeholders in the community, including the folks that own all the theaters, and try to figure out a plan going forward,” Klein says.

Options include repairing and replacing.

Charlotte Searles of Chicago noticed the uneven surface of the marker at Randolph and Dearborn.

“It looks like a hazard.  And I just recently fell downtown.  But I definitely would fix these and preserve them,” she says.

The word "theatre" is missing from an inlaid marker on Randolph Street. (CBS/Steve Miller)

The word “theatre” is missing from an inlaid marker on Randolph Street. (CBS/Steve Miller)