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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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I'm surprised that (at this writing) this is only rated #10 of Things to Do in Chicago. It's not just one of the best in Chicago -- it's one of the best in the world... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I'm surprised that (at this writing) this is only rated #10 of Things to Do in Chicago. It's not just one of the best in Chicago -- it's one of the best in the world. Literally. A magnificent venue. Often the top-rated orchestra ON THE PLANET. Maybe the best wine and drinks mini-bar at intermission I've seen. Phenomenal acoustics. Peformances... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This was by far the best experience we had while visiting Chicago. We sat in the very first row of the highest gallery and had a perfect view. These were the least expensive seats in the house but it didn't feel like it. Amazing performance by the CSO. Our next visit to Chicago will definitely be scheduled around a CSO... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We came to see Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble perform at the Symphony Center. We had awesome seats and felt like we really part of the show. Actually, I do not think there is a bad seat in the house! It's a great venue and beautiful too. It is well situated just across the street from the Art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Besides being an architectural treasure, the Center hosts a world class orchestra. We were fortunate to attend a Friday afternoon concert that featured Ligeti, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. That evening the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Mah performed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Went there to see a sold out jazz conzert. The symphony center is a great venue. The seats behind the stage are a little different, wouldn't sit in them again but that is just me. Others around us liked them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It was amazing to come to Symphony Hall in Chicago and feel like a part of history. Thinking of all of the amazing conductors and musicians that have graced this place and the past and now the present. The hall itself is beautiful inside and out. I heard Maestro Muti conduct the CSO in a concert of Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and went to hear Beethoven's 5th symphony here. Great old building with so much character. I enjoyed myself so music, the music was so good that it was over before I knew it. I didn't want the music to end. The acoustics were fabulous

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We went the the Chicago Symphony for the first time this past weekend. We have seen this orchestra in other venues. As always, the performance was fantastic. While the acoustics were fine, we were surprised that the "home base" was so small. However, there is an advantage to that. It would appear that even from the sides, you can get... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I was very excited for my first CSO concert in January 2015, and I was not disappointed! The Symphony Center facility is lovely; it's a classic concert hall with beautiful details and good acoustics. We sat in the very top balcony, and I was pleased to see that the steep tiers of the balcony mean that you have a good... More 

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Skokie, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I love every show I've seen here. The shows are HOLLOWED HAUNTS, and even better, WELCOME YULE. (Don't look for that show anymore, though, they're replacing it with something else.) But the building is nice, and the crowd is more than decent. They even hand out cookies or something after the show. Love this place!

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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.