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The Chicago Theatre

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Address: 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601-3623
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+1 312-462-6301
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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Another great evening

We planned a weekend around the Norah Jones concert and it was a great one. The theatre though aging doesn't have bad seats. The staff are number one. They work hard to make... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We planned a weekend around the Norah Jones concert and it was a great one. The theatre though aging doesn't have bad seats. The staff are number one. They work hard to make sure you find your way and have a good time. Everyone is friendly from the front door to the balcony. The sound is good. We have been... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went here yesterday for a concert of Norah Jones and the place is popping and an awesome venue for events such as that. Love the atmosphere.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for the jagged edge, monica, kci and jojo concert a couple weeks ago. Good sound system and seating in the front of the balcony. Needed more bathrooms and only had 2 bars but its not a big place so it was ok. Hard to walk in balcony seating with heels felt like you were going to fall down the... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful hour of seeing all the sights inside the Chicago Theater. A must do when in the city. Awesome.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hour tour at noon each day at the Chicago Theater is outstanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I can't believe this theater survived and is now thriving. It is beautiful inside. The backstage tour is unique since each entertainer that performs there signs their name.

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Medina, Ohio
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

The Chicago Theatre hosted comedian Brian Regan. Employees were friendly and the atmosphere was historic. A beautiful facility.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

There is not a bad seat in this theatre. The theatre is absolutely beautiful. Definitely make sure to find the time to do the tour. It is an hour long tour backstage, with all sorts of historic info. The seats are comfortable and they have snacks during the show.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

We came from Kansas City, MO to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience. What an awesome and intimate venue. Didn't spend a lot for the seats and they were great. Really enjoyed the theater and the show!

Thank tersablanscet
Saint Charles
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

What an evening of comedy, fun, and history. Great stories especially being Ali's little brother. Bonnie was a great compliment to Billy.

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Lexington, KY USA
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

If you've ever wanted to see your favorite performed up close with bar service in the balcony, this place is perfect. Evoking the charms of yesteryear, the Chicago Theater has great acoustics as well. The seats were very comfortable and the ambiance supply! Lucky you if your favorite performer is scheduled.

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