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Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presents over 200 concerts annually featuring the best of classical, jazz, world, chamber, and pop music. Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Performing in over 150 concerts each year, the CSO's talented musicians are the driving force behind the ensemble's famous sound heard on best-selling recordings as well as in performances in Chicago and on tour throughout the United States and around the globe. In addition, Symphony Center Presents brings leading touring ensembles, chamber music, piano recitals and jazz performances to the stage of Orchestra Hall. Discover what’s on at cso.org and see music’s brightest stars from classical to jazz light up the stage at Orchestra Hall.
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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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  • Adams/Wabash • 2 min walk
  • Monroe • 4 min walk
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
I'll never forget the first time I listened to a concert in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. It was Andre Segovia, the incomparable Spanish guitarist, and the hall lived up to its billing as an acoustical marvel, the finest complex of its kind this side of Salt Lake City's Mormon Tabernacle. Located at 220 South Michigan Avenue, Orchestra Hall was built in 1904. Designed by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, the elegant 2,522-seat venue was earmarked as a home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which had previously performed in the larger Auditorium Theater. Today, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is universally regarded as one of the premier symphony orchestras in the world and Orchestra Hall is part of a music complex that also includes Buntrock Hall, a rehearsal and performance space, Grainger Ballroom and Opus restaurant and cafe. From 1907 to 1996, the ninth-floor penthouse served as the home of the Cliff Dwellers Club. Aside from musical concerts and piano recitals, the hall also has hosted lectures by such notables as Harry Houdini, Amelia Earhart, Bertrand Russell and Orson Welles. Season tickets are as cherished as as hard to obtain as the Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. Orchestra Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.
Written 31 October 2020
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Northern Traveler
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Family
Christmas concert was wonderful. Combination of orchestra and chorus was beautiful. Audience participation was fun.
Written 31 March 2020
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RCPUNJABI
Chicago, IL62 contributions
Cool venue, great music, friendly staff. A Chicago staple experience, go check out a show here and you won't be disappointed.
Written 11 February 2020
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springbreakdad54
New York City, NY135 contributions
The Symphony Center is spotless, bright, and elegant. The Chicago Orchestra is outstanding. The show was fun, educational (for those with little classical music background), and brought a smile to everyone watching. Worth the price!
Written 21 December 2019
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Irina
United States10,117 contributions
It's really impossible to overestimate the greatest cultural impact of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center on the cultural life of this vibrant city.

Long time ago, we saw the legendary Daniel Barenboim conducting and - at the same time! - performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You never forget events like this. The audience was breathless.

The upcoming year 2020 is going to be culturally very memorable for Symphony Orchestra, performing various concerts and series to commemorate the 250th Birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the orchestra itself is going to celebrate its 130th Anniversary. What a year for classical music! What a year for Chicago Symphony Orchestra and for its guests, performers, supporters - for everybody in the world.

The building of Symphony Center (opened in 1997) is very impressive, it has an additional rehearsal space, a nice restaurant, and also an interactive education center.

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra is located in the Loop area of the city, at 220 S Michigan Ave - in the center of many cultural activities, that attract visitors from all over the world.
Written 17 December 2019
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CMelam
Bend, OR316 contributions
Friends
We visited the Symphony Center to see the Holiday Symphony Matinee. The hall is beautiful and the matinee was wonderful. The seats are roomy and comfortable and views of the stage appear to be wonderful regardless of where you’re seated. A fantastic experience all around.
Written 16 December 2019
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trkr6468
Bettendorf, IA305 contributions
My wife and I attended the Merry, Merry Chicago performance and loved it. This was our first time here and we ended up having seats in the upper balcony, which turned out to be really nice. I can't see there being any bad seats in the theater. We did attend the matinee, which usually means there will be smaller children, etc, but that was more than ok with us. It was nice to see people of all ages there and experiencing such a wonderful performance. I would recommend arriving about 30 minutes prior to the start time to allow for checking coats, finding your seats, etc.
Written 15 December 2019
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Marco M
Celaya, Mexico176 contributions
Solo
If you love art and it's differents expressions this is a great show, the concert is like 2 hours long, drees code casual (really casual if You like) and de most cheaps tickets are $53 usd tax included. In front of the Art institute of Chicago.
Written 10 November 2019
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Joanna B
Hoover, AL16 contributions
My host suggested a Friday afternoon program and it was superb. We are both musicians and the 5th row ,center suited us fine. Tickets were $45.00. What a treat...
And a powerful programs of Prokofiev, Overture on Hebrew Themes- Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto #1Sunwook Kim..(powerhouse performance).and another surprise -Lutoslawski, Concerto for Orchestra.Guest conductor Kirill Karabits..fireball of energy. A 12:15 talk illuminated the program in a unique way in that we learned that the McCormick building a block away, home of our host ,once housed as a guest, on repeated occasions , Prokofiev, in the early 20 th century. The hall has been remodeled and felt updated sophistication with softer gold lights. It had been years since I had been in it, but the acoustics are still amazing..Seating space has been added behind the orchestra
Written 7 November 2019
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richardsJ1886ZO
Albuquerque, NM78 contributions
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Everytime I visit Chicago I make it a point to attend one of their concerts. Recently, I heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons paired with Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Those string players were Hot!! Nothing sleepy about 'long hair' music.
Written 4 November 2019
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