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Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Address: 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago Symphony Centre, Chicago, IL 60604
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This is an ongoing ritual in several cities around the world. It was out first time going. What a great and fun show! Some ballet, some ballroom dancing, some amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ongoing ritual in several cities around the world. It was out first time going. What a great and fun show! Some ballet, some ballroom dancing, some amazing singers. The best was the Philharmonic! I have not enjoyed the well rehearsed coordination of the high strings ever played this well. They could have stole the show all on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The musicianship is elite and the hall is a marvel. Not a bad seat in the house and great acoustics. Worth making a special effort to attend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I were delighted to attend this beautiful venue and was so pleased with the line up and the performance offered by Merry Merry Chicago. Closing our eyes and listening to the music, it really feels like your returning to the moment you first heard these Christmas classics for the first time. A rare opportunity that the audience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

World class symphony in a beautiful performance hall. The sound is great (even at the top of the gallery) and tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. If you have the opportunity to go to a performance while you're in Chicago, definitely go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you get a chance to hear anything in here - please go! The hall is excellent and a great place to visit. No bad seats! The acoustics are wonderful without unwanted ringing like other halls. You can actually feel the vibrations off the organ pipes if it is playing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We saw "It`s a wonderful life in concert", which was magic and gave us the true Christmas spirit. I want to mention the personnel and ushers who were incredibly friendly and helpful, very nice people. Stanislavski said, that every theater begins with a hanger. The magic starts after you open the door of the Chicago Symphony Center.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Symphony hall is just the right size to truly enjoy the orchestra. Every seat is good. Most concerts by the Chicago Symphony are proceeded by a discussion of the night's offerings. It begins 1 hour before the concert. I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We attended a special performance hosted by the symphony geared toward children, 3-5 years. I attended with family members including two toddler grandchildren. It was fantastic! The program was absolutely perfect. They had pre performance activities to both educate and prepare the tots for the main story and it was very well organized. The performance itself was very well done... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I have been to a few beautiful concerts here at CSO and decided to try this "movie along with the concert." We chose E.T. where we would watch this old 1982 classic while listening to the score played live by the symphony. The movie actually took away from the musicians' performance. We found it distracting and I think some guests... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

We might have enjoyed it if the seats weren't so uncomfortable! I don't think I have ever had to sit in such horrible seats before. There is no leg room and the backs are super straight. Also, my husband was actually getting dizzy from the height. And we are in our late 20's! Try to get aisle seats so you... More 

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