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The Chicago Theatre

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Address: 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 312-462-6300
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Chicago's breath-taking National Landmark Theatre hosts concerts,...

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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Tour was fantastic

My husband and I took the tour of the theater today and it was great! The theater is gorgeous and our tour guide Michael was wonderful- very funny and knowledgeable. It took... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took the tour of the theater today and it was great! The theater is gorgeous and our tour guide Michael was wonderful- very funny and knowledgeable. It took about 90 minutes and we roamed the whole theater in that time. We even got to go in stage and back stage to the dressing rooms. I highly... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just did the touristy picture outside. Which is a must really. Might do a show on a subsequent visit.

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Hazard, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was truly an enjoyable experience! So much history in this building. It is a magical place. Our tour guide was wonderful. He enlightened us on so many areas of the theater from the time it was built. We were not able to go back to the dressing rooms because there was a show that night, but the theater is... More 

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to The Chicago Theatre a couple of times and I've truly enjoyed the shows and the atmosphere. It's not large so the seating is great and the sound quality is excellent. I recommend taking the tour and learning the history of the theater.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I have been to the Chicago Theatre many times over the years. It is my second favorite theater (behind the Vic). It hosts a wide range of programming from concerts, to movies, to family programs. Tours of the theater are also available. I was here twice in the past month. The first time, I was 3rd row center and the... More 

Thank cmbeaird
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Fantastic and beautiful theater to see live shows in the heart of the Chicago theater district. Great sight lines and a soaring space made for a very enjoyable show. Plenty of helpful people and security to make sure you have a good experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

daily at noon.' credit cards only. $15 for adults; $10 for children. average length: one hour (although our tour only lasted 40 minutes because certain areas were not available to us while crews set up for a special event) This is a fascinating tour of a theater that opened as a Balaban & Katz silent film venue almost one hundred... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The staff were very good at pointing people in the right direction, and it's quite hard to control what seemed to be nearly a thousand people, but they did it with relative ease.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This place has amazing acoustics and it's beautiful inside. I've been here several times and each performance has been great.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

beautiful theatre...tour guide has been working at the theatre for about 40 years and is very knowledgeable... word of advice: bring a jacket in the summer, AC is on full blast!

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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.