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Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Address: 220 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone Number: +1 312 294 3000
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Take in the Pre-Lecture

This was our second time here. The first was an excellent concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Do not miss the pre-lecture. So worth it and so memorable. The second was... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our second time here. The first was an excellent concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Do not miss the pre-lecture. So worth it and so memorable. The second was our son's own concert with his conservatory, so you can guess what I thought!

Thank KatrinkaSD
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! What performance! Our group sat in the last row. The seats give a new perspective to the term, "nosebleed." Several guests had serious vertigo issues due to the steep angle of the balcony seating. I would also ask some serious questions about seat locations if your guests have mobility issues. Despite being in the very back, acoustics were great.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chicago Symphony is an absolute must when you are in Chicago. I spent over $2,500 on tickets this year. One of my 8 concert series is in the Terrace--the one of the least expensive sections. The Terrace is behind the orchestra which provides the best view of the conductor of any seat in the hall. The only limitation is... More 

Thank Elizabeth P
Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Symphony Center is located on Chicago's Michigan Avenue just two blocks west of State Street. It is the heart of classical music not only for Chicago but the entire Midwestern United States. The acoustics are outstanding and the facility reminds you of the "grand old days". The orchestra enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest, not only in... More 

Thank Michael W
Chicago, Illinois
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No matter what performance you have tickets for you won't be disappointed. Amazing architecture in this storied building and of course world class music by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Thank warch1
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have season tickets to the CSO and look forward to our concerts. Chicago is blessed with what is considered one of the best Symphony Orchestras in the world. I've read articles that rank Chicago #5 with one of the best brass sections. It's a wonderful venue and the musicians are incredible! I would recommend this experience to both Chicagoans... More 

Thank 382jas27
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many other top quality musical groups are available at the Symphony Center across from the Art Institute, often with last minute tickets available due to subscription turn-backs. One tip, ask for Terrace tickets. These are the seats located above and surrounding the stage facing the conductor. Reasonably priced they are the best seats in the... More 

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Howell, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We want to see Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. The composer was friendly, animated, and loved what he was doing. The music was beautiful and overall, it was truly a spectacular experience. Two proposals occurred through video game characters from patrons in the audience. They also created video clips from the games to show along with the music. Wonderful... More 

Thank Ashley M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We subscribe to the CSO and we enjoy the concerts without fail. The musicianship is always of the highest quality, and the programming is quite varied. The CSO's location is wonderful, as it's easy to reach by public transportation, and the Grant Park South parking garage is right underneath it if you prefer to drive. The program guides are always... More 

1 Thank JMAChicago
Austin, Texas
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The beautifully decorated hall and the symphony was host to the Von Trapps for Merry, Merry Chicago. Sing alongs proved the audience had professional singers hidden in the masses. Good time and good music.

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.