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Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Address: 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago Symphony Centre, Chicago, IL 60604-2596
Phone Number: +1 312 294 3000
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Just across the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. It's an iconic concert hall with wonderful acoustics. It's inexpensive if you take the cheap seats but the sound is magnificent... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just across the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. It's an iconic concert hall with wonderful acoustics. It's inexpensive if you take the cheap seats but the sound is magnificent anywhere. Plus you can hear one of the worlds best orchestras directed by one of the most famous conductors Riccardo Muti.

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Beverly Hills, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The talent coming though the Midwest is exceptional - world class musicians play here. It's inspiring and helps uplift the blue collar feeling of Chicago into something a bit more refined. It's a bit of heaven in the middle of a dirty, cemented, cold world. Would I fly here specifically for this place? No. But if you are in town,... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't pass up an opportunity to see the famed Riccardo Muti and the orchestra. I was able to get a last-minute ticket for $25 and thoroughly enjoyed this treasure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wandered in off MichiganAve in the afternoon, if just to take a peak at the venue. We found out that a concert was starting in fifteen minutes and grabbed up a couple of tickets, Seniors 25$. First half was EmanuelAx pianist enjoying Beethoven, second the fully blown orchestra doing Rachmaninov (sp?) both completely Lovely, albeit Rac in a 'the Russians... More 

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A world-class symphony is only as good as those who represent them. And, so it is with CSO. I very much wanted to go to their 125th Anniversary concert, because they were going to play my favorite piece of all time, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. So, I called their Box Office and specifically asked when single tickets were going... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend taking a listen to our world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Music Director, Ricardo Muti does not disappoint. If you need a little background on the Symphony’s being performed. Check out, Classic Encounter concerts isn’t your typical preconcert experience! It’s a amusing unexpected intro to the evening’s concert with ties to popular music with our very own WXRT... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Orchestra Hall has had many changes over the years and many not for the better. The original organ was damaged beyond, the acoustics are ok but not as good as other halls and some of the seats have minimal or no view.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful architecture, beautiful music. One of the world's great symphonies. Even better when Ricardo Muti conducts.

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Bhilai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Symphony Center, basically a concert hall is a music complex located at South Michigan Avenue of Chicago, is owned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. It is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Institute for Learning, Access & Training, The Symphony Center has i) a ( ~ 2,500 capacity )... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there only once,for a high school graduation.The seats were good but not for a graduation. I couldnt see my grandson in the procession. As a grandparent we live for that just like parents. i have another grandson graduating 2017/2018 my hopes it wont be there. The decor is beautiful and im sure concert would be good there . just... More 

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