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Saw The The Sept 2018

Fine place for a show. Was nice that there was open area by stagecand General admin balcony seating... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2018
Tampa, Florida
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Gaslight Anthem concert

I will start out with the one major positive out of this experience: Gaslight Anthem! The drink... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven’t been to this old Chicago venue in almost 17 years. The place still has that nostalgic feel to it even moreso perhaps then ever. The entrance is smooth with a slight patdown and inside you go. Coat check ran smoothly and had 2...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

Saw Dan Auerbach and Easy Eye Sound back in April with my son and could have died there happy. For the money, the history, the hard-working bartenders and chill event staff, you can't find anything better. If dust and a line in the bathroom offends...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

I came to the Riviera last Wednesday, 10/3, to see Ben Howard. It was an EPIC show. Loved seeing him perform live. I have been waiting years for BH to come to the states to play and was SO excited to see him but absolutely...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

We are all for not tearing down historic places but this venue is dirty dusty and worn out. Not sure if the sound system is supplied by the venue or artist but the sound for the Jessie J show was terrible. Her voice deserved better.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Fine place for a show. Was nice that there was open area by stagecand General admin balcony seating (at least for this show). Balcony was pretty warm. Sound was very good be my estimation and even from balcony we had a nice view of stage.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

I will start out with the one major positive out of this experience: Gaslight Anthem! The drink lines on the 2nd and 3rd floor were short and the bathroom (basement) has plenty of stalls/spots. After seeing 300+ shows in places across the US, this is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

How can people complain about these great old relics. I love seeing shows at aging theaters. Saw My Bloody Valentine there, the marquee was super cool, people were nice from security to the bartenders. Loved the green and purple peeling paint. Only one suggestion, have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank noxiousburrito
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

I was there last night for An Evening with Glen Hansard. The good: we sat in the balcony about 7 or 8 rows up and the sound was fantastic. I saw him a few years ago at a different venue and it was equally amazing...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank 785candiceg
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Had an absolutely amazing time at the Robert Plant concert. He’s been playing smaller venues in recent years, which is part of the reason why we got close to the stage. This man is a living legend and a brilliant performer. And his band is...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 26, 2018 via mobile

If you were born and raised in Chicago the Riv is still the same. Since the 70's when I was there last, seeing... it was the 70's, l can't remember the band; the theater still has the feel of a classic rock and roll venue....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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November 8, 2018|
Response from philips394 | Reviewed this property |
Security at this place is rigid. They will card and confiscate anything that is on their list of items. Place is a joke.
December 6, 2017|
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Response from AlesiaG68 | Reviewed this property |
Made it to the concert. See my review.
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Street or nearby lots with $20 cash.
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lansing, mi
Riviera Theatre (8 Replies)
I'm staying a the Monaco and going to a concert at the Riv and planning on taking a cab. Will it be hard for me to get a cab after the concert? Suggestions?
April 21, 2012|
Response fromshallow_shoals|
Take the Red Line(State street subway) to the Lawrence Station. You'll be 2 blocks from the Riv. Cabs are an option but will probably cost around $30. You can also take the #36 Broadway Bus from State & Lake to Broadway & Lawrence.
Riviera Theatre (7 Replies)
I'm planning on going to a concert at the Riviera Theatre. I'm not familiar with it at all. Is it in a decent part of town? Any suggestions for hotels nearby? Is it easy to get to via train, bus, metra, etc? Thanks for any help!
February 11, 2011|
Response fromshallow_shoals|
Stay downtown (Loop, River North, Michigan Ave.) along State Street (the Red Line subway/"L") The CTA stop for the Riv is Lawrence Ave. It's a two block walk away from the lake to Damon, Lawrence and Broadway 6 corners. It's a entertainment area (The Green Mill, The Avalon, The Riviera...) but if you're not familiar with the neighborhood then you shouldn't be wandering around.
Seattle, WA
Hotel Indigo/Blue Line (2 Replies)
My wife and I are flying into Ohare for a concert at the Riviera Theatre. I'm trying to find a hotel somewhat near the Theatre, but get the feeling its not in a great spot. So I found Hotel Indigo which seems like a cool spot with positive reviews by TA users. We'll be taking the blue line from Ohare. Any suggestions on hotels off the blue line or any feedback on Hotel Indigo. And finally as far as the Riviera Theatre, the hotels I found near that address seem a bit run down, am I missing...More
July 16, 2006|
Response fromdvdmovie1|
You really do not have to stay by the Riv and it's good you're staying where you're staying. It's an easy commute back to the hotel and the hotel is in a very nice area. You could walk to Michigan Ave. shopping or Lincoln Park Zoo from the Indigo if you felt like taking a stroll (not sure how long you're staying) and there's a lot of restaurant choices around the Indigo. What you will do is take the blue line to Washington in downtown Chicago. Transfer there to the Red Line and head North to...More