The Chicago Theatre

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The Chicago Theatre
4.5
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Chicago's breath-taking National Landmark Theatre hosts concerts, comedians, theatrical productions and special events every year. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, and the vertical "C-H-I-C-A-G-O," sign is one of the few such signs in existence today. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the marquee is a landmark in itself, as is the Wurlitzer pipe organ. Patrons can also go behind-the-scenes on their educational venue tour, which runs a few times a week.
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Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
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.
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  • Lake • 1 min walk
  • State/Lake • 1 min walk
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Nancy H
Dixon, IL3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Wonderful venue to take in a concert or show! Absolutely beautiful! Easy to get in and find your seats!
Written December 30, 2021
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Jason
Chicago, IL97 contributions
Sep 2021
This is an amazing facility and we have seen many shows here over the years. Great staff and great venue. However, the pandemic protocols fall woefully short, not to mention that they do not appear to be meeting the basic tenets of Illinois' mask mandate. Frankly, it is unclear as to why they are not requiring proof of vaccine for entry just to do the right thing. Sure, people can fake it, but why not send a firm message? Do they really think these shows will not sell out either way? In fact, careful citizens will likely buy tickets if they know that safety is the highest priority. Why not err on the side of safety for your patrons and staff? They do require masks in the common areas, and supposedly in the theater during the show, but once patrons are in the theater it is the Wild West. No one is checking or reminding anyone to keep their masks on during the show. We went to a Jim Jeffries show this week, and the place was packed with thousands of people shoulder to shoulder, and the majority massless when seated. In the main areas adherence was good and staff was 100% always. Sadly, in the theater it may have been 40-50% at best, and I am likely being very generous. We sat behind a woman who coughed the entire time without a mask on at all. Very sad to have the theater ignore some easy and obvious safety steps. A great venue, but we will not be back until the theater steps up their efforts considerably.
Written September 26, 2021
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Irina
United States8,931 contributions
Jul 2021
It is just so marvelous, that Chicago keeps its cultural traditions and history alive, and The Chicago Theatre is one of those historic venues. This year, it is the 100 years grand anniversary of this theater.

Once you see this seven-floors, large historic building, with spectacular marquee and the vertical shining "Chicago" sign -- you won't forget it. Designed in the neo-baroque style by the architects C. Rapp and G. Rapp, the theater was built in 1921 . At first, it was a movie theater, like several other theaters in the area, then it started welcoming theater stage productions, was renovated, and today it is widely famous as the music shows venue, with the beautiful, opulent auditorium, and the 3600 seating capacity.

Currently, the shows are not playing, many of them have been rescheduled for later in 2021, and the theater makes announcements on the upcoming shows for 2022. A detailed info on the shows is constantly updated online and on the theater phone service.

The location of The Chicago Theatre on State Street is perfect, being in the central part of the Loop area, and at the same time in the closest proximity to the Chicago River, and to the North side of the city. There are a lot of nice restaurants near the theater, hotels, shops and department stores, many other theaters, businesses and administrative buildings.

The Chicago Theatre is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (1976), and it is the designated Chicago Landmark (1983).

The unforgettable neon fonts of the "Chicago" sign were used in the title of Rob Marshall's film "Chicago" in 2002.

Happy Anniversary, The Chicago Theatre! Keep on shining and bringing joy to all your fans!
Written July 11, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,388 contributions
Dec 2019
If you have any opportunity at all to see a show here, please do! This gorgeous theater harkens back to the glory days of theatres, with a beautifully adorned ceiling, comfortable seats (although they're on the smaller side), and ample space for a lot of people. There's a concession stand, and although the lines are long, they move quickly - the staff are efficient and friendly, and know how to move large groups of people along so nobody's waiting for long. This theatre attracts great shows (e.g., Hamilton, various Christmas shows), so shows are generally packed, especially since the theatre is centrally located in the Loop/downtown area.
Written March 31, 2020
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Jake
Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
Apr 2019
My girlfriend and I went to see Eckhart Tolle give a lecture here. We were blown away at how beautiful the venue was! It very much had a European feel to it. It was suprisingly really big inside as well. We did wait in line for a while to get in, but that is typical for venues like this. They sell drinks and snacks there, which was nice. The location is also great as well. We stayed in River North and were super close. We would love another opportunity to see a show here.
Written March 29, 2020
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sarahbK316ZH
Moorhead, United States3 contributions
Jul 2019
Beautiful Venue, excellent Staff.
We were treated well and the long lines moved very quickly. What a wonderful evening!
Written March 6, 2020
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lisa d
Illinois, United States17 contributions
Dec 2019
Went with group of ladies at Christmas to see the Twas the Night before Show. OMG..show was amazing. Was my first time at the Chicago Theater, and I hope it won't be my last. Definitely has the feel of times gone by, but not run down at all. Was worried that I was going to be disappointed with my seats, but nothing could be further from the truth. In looking around, there really was NO bad seat in the house. Awesome place...Highly recommend this theater!
Written February 12, 2020
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Ryan K
7 contributions
Jan 2020
The venue is beautiful. The seats have great sight to the stage. The sound is excellent (dependent on performers). Stop and look at the ceiling. Drinks are a bit pricey but they have plenty of bars, and they are well made. The staff are friendly and organized. I've been to 20 shows at the Chicago Theatre over the 15 years I lived in the city and it is always an A+ experience. We'll be back this summer for more.
Written January 30, 2020
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Richard R
Jacksonville, IL134 contributions
Jan 2020
Traveled 300 miles to attend a concert and found the venue to be well suited for Blues Artists Susan Tedecshi & her husband Derek Trucks. It was a tremendous concert, well attended, and just out the backdoor of our hotel (making it easy for us olds to get right to bed when it's over). It was a great evening, though I will say that being from a small town, I was not prepared to shell out $15.00 for a box of mediocre popcorn and a plastic cup 8 oz. cup 3/4 full of ice and pepsi. God knows what they might have been charging for beer, wine, or hard liquor.
Written January 26, 2020
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TravelingMom8066
Lake of the Ozarks, MO40 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Our family of 5 toured the theater and all were quite impressed for different reasons! My husband marveled at the architecture, two kids have stage experience and being able to walk on stage was amazing. Another in our group was intrigued with the history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke with a stage voice that was impressive. Highly recommend the tour.
Written December 31, 2019
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