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The Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre

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The Loop, Chicago
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  • The experts at Explore Chicago and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
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  • caleb h.
    "Live music shows can be lame due to assigned seating."(8 Tips)
    Michelle
    "Check out this beautiful historic theatre!"(2 Tips)
    Chelsea G.
    "Take the Mezzanine tour - it's incredible and fun!"(14 Tips)
    Alex C.
    "park in garage around the corner and just relax before show time"(2 Tips)
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  • Amy R.
    Amy Rodgers2 weeks ago
    I love seeing shows at the Chicago Theater. Great sound. :)
  • Grania V.
    Grania VHNovember 13
    I highly recommend the tour! Super fun!
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!November 6
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chicago 🎭
    Upvoted Nov 6
  • Francisco P.
    Natalie Merchant
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 26
    Been here 5+ times
    Kenny G.👏
  • Joseph B.
    Beautiful interior decor. It's like a show in itself.
  • Tony R.
    Tony RossDecember 23, 2016
    Concerts & Shows
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbneyNovember 24, 2016
    Great shows and beautiful at night!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioSeptember 16, 2016
    A classic Chicago establishment and a great place to catch a show. Reasonably priced ($7-$8) beers to boot, given the venue. Chick-fil-A is next door in case you need a pre-show snack.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MillerJuly 23, 2016
    Here to see Culture Club it's gorgeous
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chicago Theatre🎭
  • Victor Hugo T.
    Chicago college ceremony
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce CommoMarch 25, 2016
    This is my favorite theater in Chicago!
  • Davidaw C.
    Davidaw ChatmanMarch 16, 2016
    This is a beautiful landmark. Come and visit singers as Janet Jackson, Barbara Streisand, and up and coming artists!
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyFebruary 29, 2016
    Icon of Chicago
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful theatre!! Definitely go see a concert here. Not a bad seat in the house
  • Hải V.
    Hải VũOctober 27, 2015
    top 10 stupid people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHrkH_4h2IA
  • SPQR
    SPQROctober 18, 2015
    Old school theater... Spectacular in every way
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJuly 20, 2015
    Thoroughly enjoyed the tour from 12-1.
  • Tammy H.
    Tammy HobbsJune 28, 2015
    Beautiful theater!
  • Erika
    ErikaMay 25, 2015
    Amazing theatre!
  • Mark M.
    Mark ModrickerApril 20, 2015
    An amazing place to see a concert, I saw the National here last year, it ROCKED! Read more
  • Joellen B.
    Joellen BurgerMarch 26, 2015
    Hey The Chicago Theatre, join Freebie! Read more
  • Natalie Q.
    Natalie QuamFebruary 8, 2015
    Box seats are some of the best seats in the house.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerJanuary 6, 2015
    Beautiful, iconic theatre with great seats in lower levels. Nose bleeds aren't worth the money though.
  • Photo L.
    Photo LarryJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always great performance at this space
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissDecember 10, 2014
    Beautiful but needs some TLC. Sound is exquisite. Comfy seats. Just a fabulous place to see a show.
  • caleb h.
    caleb hanlonDecember 1, 2014
    Best to see orchestrated acts here. Live music shows can be lame due to assigned seating.
  • Ilya B.
    Ilya BeyrakNovember 17, 2014
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  • Stefanie
    StefanieSeptember 12, 2014
    Beautiful and iconic performance space. A must see. Seating in the balcony is better than floor seats in the back of the main level.
  • Harriet B.
    Harriet BSeptember 11, 2014
    I love their tours
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KemperSeptember 3, 2014
    Take the tour. It's a must see!
  • Jason P.
    Jason PinkowskiMay 14, 2014
    Not a single bad seat in the venue!
  • John L.
    John LawsonOctober 20, 2013
    Get the booth seats on the mezzanine!! Nice :)
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PetrovOctober 20, 2013
    Parking on State st (entrance on lake), turn left, down the alley...fastest way to get to the theater in a hurry!!
  • Pon Y.
    Pon YoSeptember 28, 2013
    Always amazing shows in this theater.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareSeptember 14, 2013
    The upper foyer of the Chicago Theatre can be seen in The Untouchables (1987) in an early scene as Al Capone receives his morning newspaper and the Bookkeeper checks the accounts.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PhelpsMay 25, 2013
    Take the tour of the first great movie palace! It's absolutely fascinating...
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GrintApril 20, 2013
    This is my favorite Chicago venue. Take the Mezzanine tour - it's incredible and fun!
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CrossApril 19, 2013
    Jim Gaffigan!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenMarch 7, 2013
    The interior of Al Capone's 'Lexington Hotel' in The Untouchables.
  • Ingrid
    IngridFebruary 24, 2013
    Do the Marquee tour, highly interesting!
  • Trudy D.
    Trudy DelfosseFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early and explore this beautiful building!
  • Nepal House - Indian and Nepali Restaurant -.
    Chicago curry House , a great place for dinners.
  • The Atlantic Cities
    The Atlantic CitiesAugust 3, 2012
    Chicago Theater makes our list for most beautiful "marquees" in America -- well-deserved! (Slide 4 if you want to take a look). Read more
  • Smokkee S.
    Smokkee SingletonMay 17, 2012
    If you're trying to see anything here, hurr up & buy the tix!!! "Sold out" is used here more often than not. #SadButTrue...
  • The SNS Post
    The SNS PostMay 12, 2012
    Mavis Staples received her doctorate degree from here. Priceless.
  • The SNS Post
    The SNS PostMay 12, 2012
    The Columbia College Chicago class of 2012 graduated from here last week.
  • m
    mJanuary 18, 2012
    While here you get to witness one of the most iconic sights in Chicago history. The 6 story-high "CHICAGO" sign was featured in many movies, magazines, and more!
  • 1401 S.
    The Best shows ever take place here!!
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensJanuary 9, 2012
    Your chocolate malted milkshake is waiting at the Juice Bar... or maybe a made-to-order smoothie. Check out the all new Walgreens at State and Randolph!
  • Dylan S.
    Dylan SiegfriedDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go see A Christmas Story the Musical
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PazdernikDecember 17, 2011
    Worst venue in Chicago. Rows T and U in the balcony are folding chairs, not real seats. Mandatory $1 bag check. Super rude staff. Hateful place to be. Avoid at all costs!
  • John J. H.
    John J. Hampilos-Quit-4sqDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Donnie and Marie, Should be here instead !!!
  • LaToya D.
    LaToya DupreeOctober 31, 2011
    Been to some of the best concerts at this theater. Really not a bad seat in this venue, but I recommend lower level.
  • nope ..
    nope .October 26, 2011
    Do the tour!
  • The Chicago Theatre
    The Chicago TheatreSeptember 19, 2011
    A Christmas Story, The Musical! is on sale now! Don't miss America's #1 Christmas movie come to life on stage December 14 - 30 at The Chicago Theatre!
  • schmogel v.
    schmogel vogelSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fact: people love lines. Fact: there will always be a long line forming around state. Myth: you should get in said line b/c everyone else is. Fact: there are 8 doors, walk around to another one.
  • Frank B.
    Frank B.July 24, 2011
    Awesome theater but sh!tty Feng Shui and flow.
  • Sawyer L.
    Sawyer LahrJuly 19, 2011
    Frank Sinatra stuck his head out the window of the emergency exit window of the star's dressing room to see all his fans waiting outside.
  • 1401 S.
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  • Carlos
    CarlosJune 20, 2011
    Get to know all the exits here. It will make your egress quicker, especially to the rear of the building. Read more
  • 1401 S.
    Amazing place!! Great shows
  • Michelle
    MichelleMay 8, 2011
    Check out this beautiful historic theatre! A wonder! Tonites opening act for Neil is too low key for me. But earnest.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CervantesMay 5, 2011
    park in garage around the corner and just relax before show time
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesApril 25, 2011
    On the Red Line, get off on the Lake Street exit
  • Kat K.
    Kat KApril 4, 2011
    Can't wait to see the train wreck that is Charlie Sheen!
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottMarch 28, 2011
    $12 tour is one of the best values around! Take advantage of it.
  • Earth Hour Illinois 2012
    The Chicago Theatre is 1 of more than 200 buildings and landmarks, 20 downtown hotels and 12 museums and theaters turning out their exterior lights in support of Earth Hour on March 26, 2011. Read more
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HigleyDecember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to a concert here!
  • Erin
    ErinOctober 25, 2010
    Beautiful. Sit down, listen, and appreciate kind of place
  • Adam A.
    Adam AndreOctober 3, 2010
    Ricky Gervais at the Chicago Theatre. Hilarious!
  • Angie R.
    Angie RobinsonOctober 1, 2010
    Ricky Gervais!!! Wooohoo! Saw him perform in NY once. So hAd to come see him on Chicago too! He rOcks!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 24, 2010
    Sufjan Stevens (October 15) last released a proper solo LP in 2005, but it was a concept album about Illinois, so the folk-pop darling will always draw big in Chicago. Read more
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sold out Black Crowes 
  • Mary G.
    Mary GazzeMay 30, 2010
    Do the tour on a day when there is no show. Guides will not take you in the back to look at the autographed photos because show equipment will block you
  • Katie
    KatieMay 26, 2010
    Wasn't super impressed on my trip to see Conan O'brien last week, women's room was out of toilet paper before the show even started, guy at merchandise stand was pretty rude.
  • kristen l.
    kristen loperMay 21, 2010
    I've mostly seen comedians and speakers, it's a great music venue! Saw Conan O'Brien here last night, Anthony Bourdain a few weeks ago, Eddie Izzard on two separate tours, and a coupla bands.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BudreauMay 20, 2010
    Go to a show and explore the theatre before the performance, skip the $12 guided tour. Great historic theatre.
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneMay 9, 2010
    Free parking around Daley Center at Clark/Monroe - cut through Daley courtyard and you're at the theatre! Bathroom breaks always have lines for ladies room, so go before at your cafe/resto of choice
  • The Chicago Theatre
    The Chicago TheatreFebruary 18, 2010
    Tour The Chicago Theatre. It will literally take your breath away. Tues, Thur, Sat @ 12noon. $12. Read more
  • Agatha
    AgathaFebruary 14, 2010
    Saw Mariah Carey here!
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Validated parking in garage around the corner, Interpark with big green G.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    In "Save the Last Dance" (2001), Sara (Julia Stiles) auditions for a spot in the ballet company of her dreams, in scenes shot in the Chicago Theatre. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    In "The Dark Knight" (2008), Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and his girlfriend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) show up for a ballet performance in scenes shot in the Chicago Theatre. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    The iconic "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" sign is nearly six stories high. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    The Chicago Theatre opened on October 26, 1921 as a movie palace. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    The grand lobby of the Chicago Theatre is modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles, while the grand staircase is patterned after that of the Paris Opera House. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Currently, the Chicago Theatre hosts numerous concerts and major performing arts events. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    The Chicago Theatre offers a tour of the lobby, majestic auditorium, and backstage space (when available) several times a week. Click link at right for info. Read more
  • Cracken ..
    Cracken .January 8, 2010
    Must see venue
  • Greg
    GregDecember 29, 2009
    This is a terrific piece of Chicago architecture and history. Beautiful lobby and theater.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!July 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    🎭CHICAGO🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Monique C.
    Monique ColoradaJuly 3, 2013
    Essa é uma das fotos clássicas de quem visita Chicago! <3
  • Mariana T.
    Mariana TobonApril 12, 2013
    El musical The Big Fish espectacular!!! Que producción TAN divina!!
  • La Guía Raspberry
    La Guía RaspberryMarch 10, 2013
    La emblemática caja de luz de Chicago se encuentra aquí. Sigue muy activo y a parte de conciertos, también se presentan obras de teatro.
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