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Riviera Theatre

4746 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
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Ranked #259 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
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Normal, IL
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Do not arrive expecting a classic theatre experience. It's divey, drinks are slightly over priced (just like any other concert venue) and bathrooms are. . .well, you just do your business and get out. . .but you can see your favorite bands from up close and the sound system is great. THINGS TO KNOW - for general admission, get there... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have not been to the Riv in like 25 years. Had read other reviews of the place and have to say- we had a blast. Saw Wilco here- concert started at 8, so we got there at 645 expecting to be standing in line for awhile before the doors open. But they must have opened the doors early- we... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We saw Lily Allen there and the sound system was awful. Such a shame because the theater itself is beautiful. We walked around to see if it sounded better in different parts of the theater, but it really didnt matter where we stood. In a few weeks, we will be returning to see Death from above 1979 because I really... More 

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Manteno, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

I love this place. Of course it's old, dated, kind of dirty. The place has a vibe you can feel the minute you enter. If your going to see a great band you better believe your in for a treat. If you know what your doing, you'll either charge for the front of the stage. If you don't succeed with... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was at the Riviera Theatre on 9/30/14 for the Lily Allen concert. A security guy patted me down and found my bottle of plain water. I told him that it was only plain water and that plain water should be exempt from their "no outside food or drink" policy. He told me that, since the bottle had been previously... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My husband and I saw Nickel Creek at this venue. The theater was fine, but a little run down and in need of repairs. It was cool that there was food and bars near by. We were able to park a few blocks away for free. Also, the theater had a bar with all sorts of drinks available for purchase.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

My daughter spent all night line for a concert, only to get in and find what she described as a huge amount of girls already in the show and taking up the entire front area at the stage. This wouldn't be so bad it wasn't rubbed in her face by a girl who apparently bragged to her and the other... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I just saw Young the Giant at the Riviera, and enjoyed the venue as well as the show! All seats are general admission, and those who want to stand in the front can, but anyone who wants a seat can find one in the balcony. I thought the acoustics were pretty good, and I love looking around at the details... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Went to the Riviera last week to see a show. The Theater is very dated, dirty, and falling apart. The seats are filthy and broken. The lighting is broken on the seats with exposed wiring and tape. The only washrooms are in the lower level and not surprisingly are filthy. The sound quality was not very good either. But the... More 

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Beloit, Wisconsin, Usa
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32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Riviera Theatre is a small concert venue which is just like that old pair of shoes that was so comfortable, so cool looking (once) that you just can't bear to part with them, even though you barely wear them, if at all. I saw The Hives perform there in the 2000's and it was quite obvious that the place... More 

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