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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Hugo
Rockton, IL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Our tour guides were very informative and gave us info on the history of theater in general and Chicago theater. At the end as about scary event that happened across the street in the alley.
Written 22 November 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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Brianna A
Chicago, IL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The theatre is beautiful! The staff are friendly and helpful, and the architecture is stunning. This is a must for anyone visiting Chicago.
Written 22 October 2023
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Lilsis06
Milwaukee, WI16 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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dogwoman827
Chicago, IL6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Booze should not be sold during a performance . It's disruptive & rude.

The bathroom lines were ridiculous .

I will never attend another event at this venue. After the 3rd time no more.
Written 7 October 2023
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is for the behind the scenes marquee tour, which tells you the history of the theater and takes you to see all sections of this landmark (as available).

You can book through the website (tickets through Ticketmaster). Was just under 25 dollars.

First, the good: the theater is beautiful. I’ve toured two of the Loew’s Wonder Theaters in New York, and this is similar in wow factor.

Also, the tour guides were great! Three hip, young, witty, entertaining people who really knew their stuff! And one was able to give us a pipe organ demonstration.

It should be noted this theater carries three historical landmark designations: the theater itself, the sign (one of the most photographed), and the pipe organ!

This tour is absolutely worth every penny and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half. Ours ran a little long. We got to see every area of the theater, including the performer dressing room/suite and the stairwell where all the performers sign the wall (Ricky Gervais, Patrick Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Michelle Obama, and more). We were able to do this because the show that night was late, but the guides implied that might not always be possible with certain shows or schedules.

My only complaint is the number of people. Most tours I’ve taken cap at 30-40 people, but tend to run smaller much of the time. This tour had almost 70 people and one of the guides said his tour the previous week had been almost 90. That is way too many, but I know the policy won’t change because it makes the theater money.

Would still recommend, just remember it won’t be small and intimate!
Written 20 August 2023
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ezmony08
Clinton, MS13 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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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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Dash
Bath, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I decided to buy a ticket on the spur of the moment to watch the B52’s farewell tour
It is very centrally located and beautifully decorated inside
Staff escorted me to my seat as I turned up solely to see the band not the support act, and I was in my own.
The acoustics are extremely good and it’s a very intimate venue to see group plus the decor is so impressive
Cannot recommend this venue enough
Written 15 April 2023
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ogsprr
Muskego, WI72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Best place to hear a concert. The place is beautiful and the acoustics are excellent. Has the old classy theater charm.
Written 8 April 2023
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