Apollo Theater Chicago

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Apollo Theater Chicago
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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116 reviews
Very good

Highland Park, IL1,147 contributions
We have been to most of the big theaters in downtown Chicago and many of the small ones too but this was our first visit to the Apollo. What a great experience!
First, I will say that though we walked from our restaurant, where we had valet parked our car, it seemed that other theater goers might have been having to wait some time to get into the nearby parking lot. There was a pretty long line.
The theater itself is smallish and has seating on three side of the stage. When we phoned for our tickets the box office was super friendly. They guided us to some less expensive seats that were great! I don't think there is a bad seat in the house.
The show we saw was "Million Dollar Quartet". It was excellent and well performed.
Written March 1, 2009
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Fort Lauderdale, FL44 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
My wife and I went to see the Million Dollar quartet. It was a excellent broadway type show. We had a beer with the preformer who played Johnny Cash. PArking is a little hard to find but if you time the meters right you can save some money. The theater sells wine and beer.
Written October 15, 2013
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Springfield, IL24 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
MDQ THE SHOW: The MDQ show is one of the best musical performances my wife and I have ever seen. It's on the same level as Beatles-Rain. The performers were were all reasonable impersonators of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in looks, dress, voice and on-stage mannerisms. Close your eyes and you would think the real stars were there. It's amazing that they all could sing, act AND play their instruments masterfully. Carl Perkins (Shaun Witley) was especially good on the electric guitar. Christopher Damiano's (Johnny Cash) Walk the Line is awesome. Jerry Lee (Lance Lipinsky) was incredible on the piano including Jerry Lee's famous antics playing the piano standing up and using his feet at times. I was mesmerized by his piano talent and his dead-on impersonation of Jerry Lee's performances. Elvis sings Peace in the Valley (with the others singing harmony) in a way that gives you chills. The show ends with Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On and a more exhilirating musical experience you will not find anywhere. The show includes an informative story line about Sam Phillp's discovery, promotion and recording of these four rock superstars before they went on to major record labels. But the music just rocks! Whitney Jones as Elvis's girlfriend Dyanne does a couple female numbers (including the classic "Fever") just as well as the guys. The bass player is mostly just a background instrumentalist, but he does an upright string bass solo at one point that is jaw-dropping. The show lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission, but it moves quickly and you never think about wanting an intermission. Better use the restroom before the show though. We tried to book tickets on a Sunday for the 5:30 pm performance and found it to be sold out. So, we went on Wednesday evening 9-05-12. That evening, it was about half full. The Johnny Cash and Dyanne actors came out to the lobby after the show to chat and sign autographs. Very personable people. Even if you are not a 50s rock fan, the show is very entertaining. The show is essentially family-friendly, though there is some light profanity sprinkled throughout the show.

THEATER: The Apollo Theater is small but you are very close to the perfomers. The seating is stadium style; the stage is ground level. Sound is fabulous. One review I read said it was freezing in the theater, so I took a jacket. But I didn't need it. Temperature was fine for the whole show. Restrooms are small but clean. Doors to the theater open 30 minutes before show time. No video recording or photos allowed.

PARKING: There is a small parking lot on the north side of the theater. Most of the parking is under train tracks. One review I read complained about grease falling on their car. However, we got there early and used nearby parallel street parking. Lincoln Park uses a pay box. You insert a credit card and enter the time you want (3 hours max.) and it charges your card and dispenses a sticker that you place on the inside of your windshield next to the sidewalk. There is no charge for parking after 900 pm. Since we got there early to pick up tickets (6:30pm for a 7:30 pm show), we found parking spaces open. However, it the theater were full, I'm not sure if there is enough parking near the theater.

RESTAURANTS NEAR THE THEATER: There are quite a few restaurants within 2-3 blocks south of the theater. Buffalo Wild Wings is one. We had a scruptious hamburger and BLT at Dillinger's Bar & Grill about one block south of the theater.

SUMMARY: I highly recommend this show. I hope to see it again.
Written September 6, 2012
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Wayne, PA17 contributions
The Apollo Theater's parking lot ($10.00 per car) is located directly under Chicago's elevated train. When we left the theater after the evening performance, our car and windshield were heavily splattered with axle grease from the overhead tracks. It was raining at the time, Easter Day, and no way to clean the mess. The slurry of grease and water made for very hazardous driving visibility, not to mention damage to the paint finish.
The Apollo manager is aware of the situation and offered only a weak apology, a suggestion of which de-greaser to purchase, and a reminder that our parking receipt stated "park at your own risk." Needless to say, that disclaimer is for theft and the like, not grease from overhead trains. It would be reasonable for Apollo's management to post a warning on the wall of their building which is adjacent to the city- owned lot and to post a warning on their web site which advertises a $10.00 lot next to their theater
Written April 6, 2010
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Frank M
Lockport, Illinois, United States92 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
Worst show of any type Ive ever attended. Totally stupid, amateurish & not funny at all. Can't imagine this venue lasting long at all. With the reputation of the Apollo, was totally disappointed. Save your money, dont go even if someone gives you the tickets!!!
Written September 18, 2012
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Tammy T
Wollongong, Australia292 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
We visited the Apollo theatre as we read it was theatre week in Chicago and in the spirit of connecting to many communities on our travels we thought we would venture the $20usd cab ride to the Apollo. The location is right under the train line and adds a sense of mystique to the area.
We tried to have a quick bite to eat and drink at the bar next door but found it was very packed and a full house. So if you think that's your plan maybe book early. They advertise as friends of the Apollo.
When we arrived to purchase tickets I was surprised when the lady gave me the price and I asked her about the theatre week price. She then proceeded to give me this cheaper price stating "well god don't you know you need to ask for it the theatre week price".
Wait hold on. Just to let the readers know we are actually from Australia visiting the Apollo while in Chicago. Gee lucky I had done some research.
The show was interesting but the theatre was very cold. It's a vet intimate venue and I honk with a little warmth in the place it would have been far more enjoyable.
Don't forget if you go here ask for he discounted rate as all seats are a great spot so get the cheapest rate.
Written February 21, 2016
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Gail W
Leeds, UK17 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Fabulous show by an incredibly talented and enthusiastic cast. Intimate atmosphere of venue added to the enjoyment immeasurably. If you love rock and roll (or even if you don't) or if you are of a certain age this performance is pure joy.
Written June 14, 2015
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia17 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
We were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago for a getaway weekend and saw this show on a Friday night. What a great time!

I grew up with this music and the musicians/ actors were terrific. My girlfriend who is more Beatles fan than Elvis may have enjoyed the show as much as me. I would highly recommend spending a few extra bucks to get close. While the Apollo is intimate, we were in the second row and it made a difference.
Written January 2, 2015
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Brandon, MS77 contributions
Sep 2014 • Business
The Apollo Theater in Chicago is quite small, but it was perfect for a show like Million Dollar Quartet. We had the cheap seats but still had a good view of the stage. Not the best location - sits under an overpass for the El train! At quiet times during the performance you could hear the train passing by outside. Other than that, a wonderful experience.
Written September 18, 2014
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chicago21 contributions
Nov 2013
Was there for a 3:30 performance on a Sunday. It was 50 degrees outside and 30 degrees inside with blasting air over our heads! Management was rude and not helpful. Will never, ever go back. This place should be ashamed of themselves. Many people had winter coats, scarves and even blankets! Not worth the money to freeze and get sick!! What a shame because the performers are so talented! They ruined a family birthday celebration! Not to mention all the money we spent! What a crime!
Written November 3, 2013
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Apollo Theater Chicago is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Tue 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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