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Copernicus Center

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Historical Concert Hall with a Big Parking Problem

This beautiful historic theater has functioned for several decades as Chicago's Polish Cultural... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2018
wilmington, NC
Excellent venue

The Copernicus Center is actually a neighborhood icon, having formerly been the Gateway Theatre in... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 29, 2018

This beautiful historic theater has functioned for several decades as Chicago's Polish Cultural Center when it's not leased out for independent performances. We went for a Chicago Philharmonic concert featuring the works of Polish composers in celebration of the old country's 100 years of independence....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank charlesthebarles
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The Copernicus Center is actually a neighborhood icon, having formerly been the Gateway Theatre in Jefferson Park, many years ago. We attended a battle of the bands that was being held there to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Fire Department's Ignite the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is an intimate theatre and was great for the Jackson Browne concert to honor veterans. We were in row J out of aisle 4 and it was very easy to see and enjoy all the interaction with the performers.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank DaisyPatch1970
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

We were out at Copernicus to see Wild Kard on their first American tour. It is not a very large venue and so feels cosy and from row O we could clearly see the performers. The ambiance inside was great - with large cutouts and...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank firststarontheleft
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Attended Girls Night In, a YouTube Live Event at the Copernicus Center. I had looked at the venue online, but opted to arrive by taxi since I wasn't familiar with the area. I was surprised to see that there was plenty of event parking right...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Glad I checked the website prior to going because they charge $15 to park in the venue lot, however there is plenty of free parking in all the lots across the street. Not much for a beer selection during the show unless you don't mind...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Dana O
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Went to see Dice last night, great venue. I was pleasantly surprised the place is very nice with plenty of close parking. This place is absolutely beautiful and well maintained, I would definitely attend another event here. The auditorium and stage area gave this place...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 23, 2016

Nice small venue for a concert. Paid for parking on center's property, you can park across the street in open lot - probably would have been ok, but was from out of town and didn't want to have car broken into (not that it's any...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank dshow99
Reviewed May 6, 2016

Outside venue was fine, inside building looked like it needed a bit of upkeep. The theater was nice and had a nice red and blue glow to the theater.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank 28jasmineg
Reviewed January 17, 2016

The Gateway Theater was designed in 1930 by prestigious firm of Rapp and Rapp, famous for their design of other deluxe theaters in Chicago (but not only): Chicago Theater, Oriental Theater, and Palace Theatre. Today (since 1977) it is a home of the Polish Cultural...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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