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The Chicago Theatre
4.5
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Chicago's breath-taking National Landmark Theatre hosts concerts, comedians, theatrical productions and special events every year. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, and the vertical "C-H-I-C-A-G-O," sign is one of the few such signs in existence today. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the marquee is a landmark in itself, as is the Wurlitzer pipe organ. Patrons can also go behind-the-scenes on their educational venue tour, which runs a few times a week.
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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.
How to get there
  • Lake • 1 min walk
  • State/Lake • 1 min walk
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Lori
Rosemont, IL5 contributions
Mar 2022
We were at the Chicago Theatre for a comedy show. The Theatre is gorgeous and worth the time to view the ornate decor. Our seats were on the main floor, and due to the acoustics, the sound was perfectly clear.
Written 5 May 2022
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inekesg
Walnut Creek, CA145 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Never seen such a beautiful theatre like this one! What a great experience to be there and see the theatre itself and backstage
Written 10 April 2022
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Tubman74
Memphis, TN393 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
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This 100-year old art house is world famous for its vertical neon sign over the marquee, making it clear to wayward pedestrians, within 6 blocks or so N or S of Lake St, in which giant American city they find themselves. As an out-of-towner here for a notable psychologist’s lecture, I can’t speak to the venue’s status in attracting top events as compared to several competitors in this “theatre district,” so I won’t try.
The lobby was welcoming if crowded, its most attractive feature being the giant mezzanine window looking onto State St. & adorned at its apex with a stained crest. Just as at the more-familiar Orpheum in Memphis, it is quite impossible to remember the cryptic, ascending order of seating tiers, thus after walking up a few (5. 6, 8?) short sets of steps & turning to the point of vertigo, it’s best to ask an usher for location clarification & further direction. Once inside the theater & mostly confident I’d identified the ‘Middle Balcony’, next came seat locating. For some reason unknown, all the evens were on one side & odds t’other. Once found my end row seat was comfortable enough tho not any too wide, although I had a tad more knee room than I recall at the Orpheum. Although approaching nose bleed realm, I had an excellent view of the stage & many of the CT’s sculpted eccentricities up the walls & surrounding boxes. The thermostat person did phenomenal work considering I didn’t notice the temp all evening & was quite comfortable in a thermal sense, despite temps in the teens outside & the packed house. This represented over 3K attendees, about 1/2 again bigger than my Orpheum. For whatever reason it didn’t seem that overwhelming, however, and for about 2 hours I felt at home.
Written 3 April 2022
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Nancy H
Dixon, IL3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Wonderful venue to take in a concert or show! Absolutely beautiful! Easy to get in and find your seats!
Written 30 December 2021
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Jason
Chicago, IL97 contributions
Sep 2021
This is an amazing facility and we have seen many shows here over the years. Great staff and great venue. However, the pandemic protocols fall woefully short, not to mention that they do not appear to be meeting the basic tenets of Illinois' mask mandate. Frankly, it is unclear as to why they are not requiring proof of vaccine for entry just to do the right thing. Sure, people can fake it, but why not send a firm message? Do they really think these shows will not sell out either way? In fact, careful citizens will likely buy tickets if they know that safety is the highest priority. Why not err on the side of safety for your patrons and staff? They do require masks in the common areas, and supposedly in the theater during the show, but once patrons are in the theater it is the Wild West. No one is checking or reminding anyone to keep their masks on during the show. We went to a Jim Jeffries show this week, and the place was packed with thousands of people shoulder to shoulder, and the majority massless when seated. In the main areas adherence was good and staff was 100% always. Sadly, in the theater it may have been 40-50% at best, and I am likely being very generous. We sat behind a woman who coughed the entire time without a mask on at all. Very sad to have the theater ignore some easy and obvious safety steps. A great venue, but we will not be back until the theater steps up their efforts considerably.
Written 26 September 2021
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Irina
United States9,939 contributions
Jul 2021
It is just so marvelous, that Chicago keeps its cultural traditions and history alive, and The Chicago Theatre is one of those historic venues. This year, it is the 100 years grand anniversary of this theater.

Once you see this seven-floors, large historic building, with spectacular marquee and the vertical shining "Chicago" sign -- you won't forget it. Designed in the neo-baroque style by the architects C. Rapp and G. Rapp, the theater was built in 1921 . At first, it was a movie theater, like several other theaters in the area, then it started welcoming theater stage productions, was renovated, and today it is widely famous as the music shows venue, with the beautiful, opulent auditorium, and the 3600 seating capacity.

Currently, the shows are not playing, many of them have been rescheduled for later in 2021, and the theater makes announcements on the upcoming shows for 2022. A detailed info on the shows is constantly updated online and on the theater phone service.

The location of The Chicago Theatre on State Street is perfect, being in the central part of the Loop area, and at the same time in the closest proximity to the Chicago River, and to the North side of the city. There are a lot of nice restaurants near the theater, hotels, shops and department stores, many other theaters, businesses and administrative buildings.

The Chicago Theatre is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (1976), and it is the designated Chicago Landmark (1983).

The unforgettable neon fonts of the "Chicago" sign were used in the title of Rob Marshall's film "Chicago" in 2002.

Happy Anniversary, The Chicago Theatre! Keep on shining and bringing joy to all your fans!
Written 11 July 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,459 contributions
Dec 2019
If you have any opportunity at all to see a show here, please do! This gorgeous theater harkens back to the glory days of theatres, with a beautifully adorned ceiling, comfortable seats (although they're on the smaller side), and ample space for a lot of people. There's a concession stand, and although the lines are long, they move quickly - the staff are efficient and friendly, and know how to move large groups of people along so nobody's waiting for long. This theatre attracts great shows (e.g., Hamilton, various Christmas shows), so shows are generally packed, especially since the theatre is centrally located in the Loop/downtown area.
Written 31 March 2020
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Jake
Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
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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sarahbK316ZH
Moorhead, United States3 contributions
Jul 2019
Beautiful Venue, excellent Staff.
We were treated well and the long lines moved very quickly. What a wonderful evening!
Written 6 March 2020
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lisa d
Illinois, United States17 contributions
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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