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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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Nothing but good things to say about this place, everything top class. By far the best orchestra hall I have ever been in. Worth the price of admission, definitely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Nothing but good things to say about this place, everything top class. By far the best orchestra hall I have ever been in. Worth the price of admission, definitely.

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Symphony Center was extremely welcoming with a historic yet updated atmosphere. The sound was amazing and the view was perfect. I honestly don't think there is a bad seat in the house. The only inconvenience was the leg room for those sitting in the first rows of the balcony. Can't wait to return for another memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is the place for classic music lovers. Fabulous performances throughout the year. There is aslo a great Jazz program.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

We had the opportunity to watch our son perform @ the Symphony Center on 5/13/15. As a member of the Glenbard East High School Symphonic Band, this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform in a historic place with excellent acoustics was a treat. Although I've been a Chicagoland area resident for more than 20 years, it's my first time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The hall is amazing, we attended an evening concert that was preceded by a talk by a Northeastern professor who explained the evenings performance in layman's terms. The music was beautiful, the musicians extraordinary. We secured tickets the day before by going to the box office at noon, upper balcony, very comfortable. Worth a visit!

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Waukegan, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I took my girl during her visit from California. We had great seats on the front row of first balcony. We saw 2 Ravel pieces and a Debussey. I can't wait to go back. The conductor was Esa Pekka - Salonen. I was pleasantly surprised because I was raised listening to him and the LA Philharmonic when I lived in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Went for a Ravel/Debussy performance and was so pleased with the ensemble. Eight opera singers plus the symphony to perform Debussy's L'Enfant et Les Sortileges was an amazing way to spend an evening. One tip: dress up! I got caught in the rain and ran out of time to change my outfit and was very uncomfortable in my jeans and... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chicago's Civic Orchestra, almost 100 years old, is a training orchestra that has long placed its "grads" in major symphonies around the world. Tickets are only $2 for general admission at Symphony Center, and all you have to do is show up about 30 minutes early to get a great seat. The Civic does about four or five concerns at... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

They were giving free concerts today! The students gave wonderful performances. I could have stayed there all day! I also enjoyed the gift shop.

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Estoril, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Hall itself deserves a visit. The curves and slopes of its design makes it very unique. I was fortunate enough to pick a spot at the terrace behind the orchestra. It has a double function either as a Choir spot or, in my case, extra public seats. It gives you a very different perspective to face the Maestro during... More 

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