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Address: 4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60640-4912

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The theatre is old so it has some historical charm, but with that there is no air conditioning, the inside hadn't been renovated in decades of ever and the seating area is dirty... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Becky A
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The theatre is old so it has some historical charm, but with that there is no air conditioning, the inside hadn't been renovated in decades of ever and the seating area is dirty and uncomfortable.

Thank Becky A
Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I read some pretty bad reviews but I have zero complaints. I was here for an amazing At The Drive In concert. The architecture was really cool and it was a small, intimate venue which are the best. Everyone rushed to the stage and my brother and I casually walked upstairs and got seats front row on the rail. We... More 

Thank Ryan S
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We had a great time at the show. I was worried this place would be a horrible hell hole by the reviews, but I've been to much worse. It was sweaty, but it was a punk show and that's to be expected. The building is gorgeous and I'd love to see it renovated a little bit. Staff at the bar... More 

Thank drowens
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Although this place is grimey, in poor shape, expensive drinks, cold in the winter along with living in fear you will be wearing a piece of the ceiling that falls on you this is a classic. The Riv draws great acts and sounds great. Do yourself a favor imagine this place in it's day of grandeur and realize what a... More 

Thank Toddb62
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

One of several of the surviving grand old stage and movie palaces of Chicago, the "Riv" was saved from possible demolition in the 80s due to a combo of preservationists, entrepreneurs, and a few politicians who did the right thing. The stairways alone, on entry, tell you this ain't a new and modern concert hall. The remodel eliminated the front... More 

Thank molay
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

The venue was nice, it could be a lottle cleaner and the drinks are very pricey. However you don't get cheap drinks at any venue. Over all a great concert and a freat venue. The sound was amazing and general admission in the front was fantastic. I don't think there is a bad seat in that venue. Would definitely go... More 

Thank Gzayas23
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Even jam-packed, security was on top of it all ... Great acoustics, pleasant atmosphere, and I felt happy, safe, and loved inside - like a musical womb.

Thank Rhonda B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Seen a few shows here another smaller intimate theater turned concert venue type of place great arcitecture of a old theater building but needs some tlc to get a good viewing spot gotta get up close or you wont see much floor is pretty much flat drinks are exspensive and it gets crowded and long lines of course but its... More 

Thank luna6373
Mishawaka, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This venue is by no means a first choice on anyone's list to see a show. The space works for a smaller show but its by no means ideal. I am pretty sure if there was a fire or any incident at this venue and you needed to immediately exit, you would be trampled. The coat check employees were very... More 

Thank Adam G
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

TERRIBLE PLACE! You get what you pay for. $35.00 tickets give you rude staff, dirty dilapited venu, sound is terrible, parking is impossible and they are very disorganized. Won't go back for anything!

Thank Bethany P

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