The Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre
4.5
About
Since it opened in 1921, an array of the entertainment world’s brightest stars and greatest productions have graced The Chicago Theatre stage, including Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, David Byrne, Ed Sheeran, Wilco, Neil Young, Diana Ross, Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld, Janet Jackson, Elvis Costello, Bob Weir, Jim Gaffigan, Conan O’Brien, Amy Schumer, Steely Dan and Brett Eldredge. The theater’s outstanding track record of performers and events continues to this day, building on its legendary status in the city of Chicago and across the country. The Chicago Theatre also offers The Chicago Theatre Tour Experience which gives fans the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic venue.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Lake • 1 min walk
  • State/Lake • 1 min walk
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  • ezmony08
    Clinton, Mississippi53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jilly from Philly
    Just caught the Jill Scott concert last Monday night and it was spectacular, flew into Chicago to catch the concert and enjoy the lakefront. My wife has been coming to Chicago since her childhood but neither of us have been downtown. This was a great trip although short in length but we’ll be back. The theatre was nice and cozy but so are most theatre’s of that era. My wife enjoyed the show and I love making her happy so it was cool to me.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Lilsis06
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Historic Theatre
    Nice Theatre very historic. We had Loge AA and were the best seats in the house. Picture from cell phone with NO zoom. Just heads up in seated in 407 it is smaller leg room. Bathrooms were limited however so I would plan ahead.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks
    Aside from Cloud Gate and Buckingham Fountain, The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. At the northern edge of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 as an extravagant movie theater and performance venue. Between the theater's unmistakable sign and its stunning façade, it's impossible to miss this stunning Chicago landmark. the theater has hosted such big names as Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and Prince, in addition to screening blockbuster flicks. The theater's historic appearance enhances the overall experience of catching an event here. Just remember, cameras and video cameras, including those on cell phones, cannot be used during tours or performances. It is a few blocks northwest of Millennium Park. Even if you don't have time to check out a show, be sure to pop in or schedule a tour to get a closer look.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Terry W
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Worst theatre experience ever. Loved Wanda Sykes show - when I could see it which was not often since the staff was constantly shining lights to seat people well into an hour after the show started. Woman in my aisle, constantly going in and out which was disruptive and when I complained to the staff after she pushed me into my seat, I was asked to leave the theatre. Will never come here for a show again, horrible experience and rude staff.
Written 18 May 2024
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Fred D
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Chicago Theater has a great downtown location. Parking is available nearby. It is exciting to go to the theater district. The interior of the theater is breathtaking and stunning in Golden era of Hollywood style. Unfortunately the sound was bad in the Chicago Theater. I saw Gladys Knight on May 11, 2023, and the sound was muddy all night. Gladys had 3 singers and 6 instrumentalists backing her up, including drums, percussion, 2 keyboards, bass, and drums. This doesn't seem like a challenging lineup to provide sound for, but the sound was consistently poor throughout the show.. The sound quality improved slightly as the show progressed, so someone seemed to be trying to improve the sound quality. But the sound remained muddy and frustrating. It wasn't one particular instrument or vocal that sounded muddy; everything sounded muddy and dull. I suspect the acoustics of the Chicago Theater building may have been the problem
Written 12 May 2023
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sanju_222323
New Jersey16,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Aside from Cloud Gate and Buckingham Fountain, The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. At the northern edge of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 as an extravagant movie theater and performance venue. Between the theater's unmistakable sign and its stunning façade, it's impossible to miss this stunning Chicago landmark.

the theater has hosted such big names as Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and Prince, in addition to screening blockbuster flicks. The theater's historic appearance enhances the overall experience of catching an event here. Just remember, cameras and video cameras, including those on cell phones, cannot be used during tours or performances.

It is a few blocks northwest of Millennium Park. Even if you don't have time to check out a show, be sure to pop in or schedule a tour to get a closer look.
Written 23 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JJMERKEL1021
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful but not handicapped accessible. There are elevators, that take you all the way up and all the way down. Either way you have to walk up or down stairs. There's no rail in the middle or sides to hold on to while climbing the stairs. You even had to walk up two steps to get into the washroom stall. The seats sit very low, which makes it difficult to get down if you have bad legs but they are comfortable. I think the theater itself was absolutely gorgeous. I just wish we knew ahead of time so we could get different seats.
Written 14 November 2022
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ezmony08
Clinton, MS53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Just caught the Jill Scott concert last Monday night and it was spectacular, flew into Chicago to catch the concert and enjoy the lakefront. My wife has been coming to Chicago since her childhood but neither of us have been downtown. This was a great trip although short in length but we’ll be back. The theatre was nice and cozy but so are most theatre’s of that era. My wife enjoyed the show and I love making her happy so it was cool to me.
Written 30 July 2023
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Alex G
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We booked the Chicago theater marquee tour probably a month in advance. Our tour was scheduled on Nov 4 at 14:00. That was our first time in Chicago and we travelled with our 11 years old from NYC. When we arrived on Nov 6 at 13:30 we were told by the guy at the door that the tour was cancelled and we will get the refund. When I contacted Ticketmaster on 7th their response was that the event organizer didn’t cancel the event, so they can’t issue the refund. After long conversation they gave me some contact info. But it doesn’t seem to belong to the Chicago theater. Really bad experience.
Written 7 November 2023
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Jake
Minneapolis, MN122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
My girlfriend and I went to see Eckhart Tolle give a lecture here. We were blown away at how beautiful the venue was! It very much had a European feel to it. It was suprisingly really big inside as well. We did wait in line for a while to get in, but that is typical for venues like this. They sell drinks and snacks there, which was nice. The location is also great as well. We stayed in River North and were super close. We would love another opportunity to see a show here.
Written 29 March 2020
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lisa d
Illinois, United States17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Went with group of ladies at Christmas to see the Twas the Night before Show. OMG..show was amazing. Was my first time at the Chicago Theater, and I hope it won't be my last. Definitely has the feel of times gone by, but not run down at all. Was worried that I was going to be disappointed with my seats, but nothing could be further from the truth. In looking around, there really was NO bad seat in the house. Awesome place...Highly recommend this theater!
Written 12 February 2020
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Lilsis06
Milwaukee, WI22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice Theatre very historic. We had Loge AA and were the best seats in the house. Picture from cell phone with NO zoom. Just heads up in seated in 407 it is smaller leg room.

Bathrooms were limited however so I would plan ahead.
Written 9 October 2023
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TravelinKind
Austin, TX163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
Got 4 booth tickets for Vince Vaughn at the Chicago Theatre. Did some searching to find out more info on the booth seats and didn't find that much around.

The booths are located on the Mezzanine level. Each booth is directly behind the mezzanine seating. There are 14 booths of 4 seats each. Each booth is a couch for 4 with a table in front of it. If you have a group of 4, as we did, it was great. Otherwise, you will be sharing the couch/table with strangers.

The big bonus of the booth seating is the waiter service. The downside of the waiter service is you cannot start a tab with the waiter and must pay cash (no credit card). So having to pay for each round as they come in cash with the show going on in front of you is a bit of a hassle. Seems like it would be much more user friendly if they allowed you to start a tab and run your card at the end.

The sight lines are good. The booth seating isn't that close to the stage. It is farther back from the stage than you would think from the seating chart. The balcony/loge hangs way over the mezzanine. But you can still see the stage with the overhang.

Would suggest booth seating if you have 4 people and are looking to hang out/socialize/have drinks at a show. Wouldn't suggest it for a play etc where you plan to be quiet and attentive. Would prefer regular seats in that case as opposed to a couch for 4.
Written 18 June 2012
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