Riviera Theatre

Riviera Theatre

Concert Hall, Rock Club, and Music Venue · Uptown
4746 N Racine Ave (at N Broadway), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
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    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    Nick P.
    "Wilco's favorite place to play in Chicago."(2 Tips)
    CS R.
    "unreserved upstairs balcony seating."(5 Tips)
    Samantha R.
    "... seating set up with standing room going way too far back for decent viewage...."(2 Tips)
    Sei Jin L.
    "Aragon park in the residential area"(2 Tips)
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  • Bryan C.

    At the the post modern jukebox show. Tickets were over sold. The place is packed way beyond capacity. Someone should call the cops before the upper balconies collapse on top of the floor crowd.

    Bryan Conrad · 1 week ago
  • Terence G.

    Went to see Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock here for the Kuntas Groove Sessions. The Riviera is a nice venue loved that the crowd was so diverse!

    Terence G · 3 weeks ago
  • CS R.

    Fantastic, large venue with ample standing room downstairs and unreserved upstairs balcony seating. This venue offers interesting historical architecture in addition to any show you'll see here.

    CS Rojas · October 15
  • Stephan G.

    Fabulous architecture and never seen a bad show here.

    Stephan Germain · October 9
  • Colin R.

    Yeah it's a decent place to see a show but it's an old building, gets really smelly, and the bathroom situation is a little ridiculous. Only go here if you really like the bands you're going to see.

    Colin Reynolds · September 21
  • Nick F.

    Some great shows here, and fun to either sit up in the balcony or stand close to the stage

    Nick Fruendt · May 28
  • Samantha R.

    Very strange seating set up with standing room going way too far back for decent viewage. The architecture tho is brilliant as with all Uptown venues. A little smack of history w ur rock show.

    Samantha Rangel · February 26
  • Chris B.

    STFU #ChiTown and listen to the music.

    Chris Beukenkamp · February 26
  • Matt H.

    Great place to see a show, but it's basically a shit hole that the owners won't put any money into. It's a shame, because it's easy to see how beautiful a place it probably was at one time.

    Matt Heckler · February 18
  • Spencer B.

    Cool venue, but could use some acoustic upgrades.

    Spencer Brownell · December 7, 2014
  • James M.

    The sound quality at this venue isn't the greatest. The good thing though is the performances feel more intimate.

    James Morgan · December 3, 2014
  • ben m.

    The views from the balcony are fantastic and the drink lines are non existent. If you don't want to step away from the show there are waitresses too.

    ben m · November 27, 2014
  • David

    Live live!

    David · November 24, 2014
  • Patrick S.

    Cool tip: this place sucks

    Patrick Stanton · April 6, 2014
  • Jamie M.

    It's not the best place to see a show, the sound is mediocre and there is not a lot of places to see well, esp as a shorty like me

    Jamie Mack · March 28, 2014
  • Kaitlin H.

    They pack way too many people in the theater for a concert. Don't think I'll ever go back to this location again for a concert.

    Kaitlin Hoines · November 25, 2013
  • Chad B.

    Ownership lacks capital to restore bldg

    Chad Buch · November 10, 2013
  • Jam P.

    Need to use the restroom? Head to the main lobby and down the stairs. North side for men, South side for women! Handicap restrooms available on the first floor.

    Jam Productions · October 30, 2013
  • Jake S.

    If you are interested in meeting the act that you just saw perform, head to the side door on Racine Ave. or head over to the Green Mill, where many acts go to catch live music until 5AM.

    Jake Smith · July 8, 2013
  • Lisa W.

    The sound and view during a show is usually better upstairs. Not the best place in the city, but way better sound than The Aragon. Grab dinner at Sun Wah up Broadway before the show.

    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
  • Digital Tour Bus

    If you need to go to the bathroom, don't wait until you get to the venue. The restrooms are in less than desirable condition unfortunately.

    Digital Tour Bus · March 26, 2012
  • Elizabeth R.

    Good Venue!

    Elizabeth Reszke · February 13, 2012
  • Andy T.

    Hey there! Since you're so close, come by for some cheap eats after the show. Your first Foursquare check-in gets you $10 off the purchase of two entrees.

    Andy Tamras · February 5, 2012
  • Nick P.

    Wilco's favorite place to play in Chicago. Don't miss them at the Riv.

    Nick Panico · December 14, 2011
  • Nina S.

    Bring a nicotine patch, no re entry.

    Nina Simonelli Jacobs · October 16, 2011
  • AnyClip

    The Riviera Theater was featured in the movie The Break-Up, check it out! Read more

    AnyClip · April 11, 2011
  • AnyClip

    Some of the robbery scenes from Public Enemies were filmed in Bridgeview Bank, check it out! Read more

    AnyClip · April 11, 2011
  • AnyClip

    This is where the theater fire scene in the movie Backdraft was filmed. Watch the scene now! Read more

    AnyClip · April 11, 2011
  • Nicole B.

    You're going to want to take off that hipster sweater; it's burning up in the balcony!

    Nicole Bauerle · March 16, 2011
  • Cole G.

    Dyslexic Gusterhoids Untie! 4...3...2...1

    Cole Garrett · January 30, 2011
  • Deden P.

    Try this

    Deden Perdana · November 14, 2010
  • Deden P.

    Try to visit here

    Deden Perdana · November 14, 2010
  • Kentaro Y.

    Just great theatre with history.

    Kentaro Yamada · October 7, 2010
  • IFC

    Chicago: Built in 1917 as a movie palace, "The Riv" now hosts some of Chicago's best live shows, including the famous Wilco residency in 2008. -IFC Staff

    IFC · July 6, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    In the movie "The Break-Up" (2006), Brooke (Jennifer Anniston) invites Gary (Vince Vaughan) to an Old 97's concert at the Riviera Theatre. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Explore Chicago

    Originally built as a movie palace in 1917, The Riviera is now a premiere mid-sized venue for rock and punk concerts. Read more

    Explore Chicago · February 2, 2010
  • Cracken ..

    See a show at the Riv!

    Cracken . · January 8, 2010
  • Sei Jin L.

    If you have to drive to the Riv or the Aragon park in the residential area just south west of the Lawrence Broadway intersection. Don't pay $20 for parking.

    Sei Jin Lee · October 24, 2009
  • elisa t.

    La ventilación es bien malita, pero el resto ok

    elisa tonkin · September 14

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