Theatre & Concerts in Central

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Concerts & Shows in Central

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  • Lori
    Rosemont, IL5 contributions
    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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  • Rita A
    7 contributions
    Such a beautiful theater! The ushers and staff here were awesome. So friendly and helpful. The concession staff was fast and even the lady working the elevator was nice.
    Written 23 March 2022
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  • Christine Weatherby
    16 contributions
    I took my family here at Christmastime to see the Q Brothers performance of "A Christmas Carol" and everyone had such a fun time! I am looking forward to visiting again soon and bringing the family!
    Written 25 December 2021
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  • joeF_10
    Media, PA357 contributions
    First of all I want to commend the staff for running a well organized, safe and friendly operation. The opera was one of our main reasons for visiting Chicago. We first saw L'Elisir d'Amore which was staged really well and was done in a humorous fashion without overdoing it. The singers were good but nothing out of the ordinary. The second day, we saw Macbeth which was directed by McVicar and was great on every level. The setting, while not traditional, evoked the feelings of terror which are one of the themes of the opera. The singers, especially Sandra Radvanovsky, were terrific....the cast in our view was superior to the Macbeth we had seen at the Met in New York. The orchestra and conductor were of the finest quality.
    Written 4 October 2021
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  • DIane
    WIsconsin125 contributions
    Beautiful old theater, we were told ahead of time some seats may have obstructed views so I was very careful with our seat selection. We were in the mezzanine row G aisle seat and 3 more, we all liked the seating, we were center stage. There is an elevator but it is small, we climbed the 3 levels of steps, gets a bit crowded before the doors open so it was pretty tight for a while, beverage sales and merchandise for the musical made it a little congested. We loved this beautiful theater, be aware there is no railing getting down to or up from your seat and It can be a step pitch if you our uneasy at that height, I noticed one women using the aisle seat back to help her. I would choose a seat closer to the door if that would concern you. Great sound system, would definitely return and also booked the adjoining hotel, very convenient!
    Written 18 April 2022
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  • gl3105
    5 contributions
    We have been to several shows at Lookingglass and they continue to amaze me. Whether it be an adaption, or an original play, it is always captivating and engaging. Recent production we saw was Alice. The artists are true professionals that create unique experiences. This is definitely a hidden gem
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • lov2eat2
    63 contributions
    We went to see Come From Away. The Theatre is awesome and we had a great time. The staff were very helpful. Al gave us instructions on where to go and he was very nice. The musical was tremendous, and the music was great. It was nice to see the musicians interact with the actors on stage at different times.
    Written 25 February 2022
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  • NapervilleTraveller
    Naperville, IL71 contributions
    So glad to see someone else wrote a review about Good Night Oscar! We saw the show this afternoon-what a fabulous piece of work. Everyone does a fantastic job, and Sean Hayes is really great! Go see it before it leaves-as others have stated, vax card, masks and ID required.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • tkasper3
    Niagara Falls, NY453 contributions
    Oh my God, get ready for spectacular. Every waitress everyone you see is in the show. They bring the action right to your seat and Miss Doily Is a a host that you’ll never forget. Between acts she kept the audience spellbound. You never knew what to expect. Meal courses were served with dancing, singing and jugglers and more. The main acts were dizzying and Awe inspiring. I gasped more than once. And the smooth voices of Cunio and Bethany crooned and bellowed off the walls of the tent giving you the perfect sounds. The band played on and on. Loved it all. Performers were from around the world and from Chicago. You gotta get there soon it’s all gonna be over by September. This is a show you will not want to miss. It’s a real fancy circus but not. It’s one of a kind. Prepare to be delighted. Glad we went
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • dmarie208
    Chicago, IL63 contributions
    I've been to the Broadway Playhouse several times, and it is always a delight. I greatly appreciated Millionaire's assistance - she helped us with some seating issues related to my mom's mobility issues.

    The play was incredibly charming! It's slapstick comedy, which we enjoy, and it was almost as much fun watching other peoples' reactions as watching the play!

    I appreciate that the masking policy is still in place.

    Highly recommend!
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • McHenryDad
    McHenry, IL236 contributions
    My family and I visited this theater for the first time to attend a magic show here in late December. The main entrance is on Randolph, the theater backs to the band shelter in Millennium park. There are literally 10,000 parking spots within a short walk of this theater, most of which are in unheated parking garages accessible without stepping outside. Entering at street level you walk level to the top of the balcony, or down stairs to lower levels. There are no escalators, but it is a modern theater so there are probably ADA elevators someplace. The building is not ornate at all, but new and functional. I did not see the balcony seats, but the lower level is bowled so that all seats have excellent views, even from the far left side in the front which is where we sat. Seats in back of the floor level would also be great, because they slope up and the balcony is very high so it would not obstruct your view. There was a small bar set up in the bottom floor lobby for drinks and chips.
    There is nothing really to see here unless there is a show, but the magic show we attended was wonderful and affordable. Temperature was comfortable and the neighborhood is safe. If you are visiting from out of town, be sure to take a short walk through Millennium park before or after the show.
    Written 4 January 2020
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  • Christie V
    Normal, IL7 contributions
    Tickets for this weekly show are best bought online to attend this fabulous evening of fun. The auditorium and its environs are very attractive and comfortable.
    Written 11 November 2019
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  • Nimai Hari
    Chicago, IL238 contributions
    We came to the Opera House to watch the Nutcracker. This is an iconic landmark in Chicago sitting on South Branch of the Chicago River. For years of seeing the facade from the outside, I have always wanted to see the inside and it did not disappoint. Bring your camera! There are plenty of picture opportunities starting with the entrance.

    We sat in the mezzanine level, and you can tell from the approach to their design that they have spent years trying to blend the traditional vs. the contemporary. We purchased tickets to the mezzanine level, and it was interesting because the seats actual individual seats vs. the traditional stadium seating. It was very private as there were only six seats in the "Suites". It was also interesting as there was a double entry system whereby after you enter the first set of doors you can store your jacket/belongings, before you pass through the second set of doors to your seat.

    The view from the seats was unobstructed and the theater was beautiful - I am hoping to get a little closer for the next show to really get a feel for the grandness of the theater setting.
    Written 27 December 2021
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  • Camper36294150569
    Little Rock, AR1 contribution
    Traveled here for an event. Easy access to major venue. Beautiful hotel staff was efficient and very professional
    Written 10 June 2019
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  • KmomChicago
    Kankakee, IL190 contributions
    We saw the show, Undertale Live, at the Studebaker Theatre inside the Fine Arts building in January, 2020. We were seeing a Saturday evening show, so we booked a room overnight at the Congress Plaza hotel, less than a block away. I don't want to say too much here about the hotel, since it really isn't relevant to the Fine Arts Building, but in short, it's a historic old place that we love - faded grandeur to be sure, but great rates right on Grant Park in Chicago, plus we like its quirky and somewhat gritty character.

    Anyway, the weather was not nice that day at all. Angry high waves had been crashing up under snowy gray skies along the lakefront all day, and we were glad to be settled for the night very close to the theatre rather than having to face driving back out to the suburbs afterward.

    Inside the Fine Arts Building, the Studebaker offered a lot of what I like about the Congress. It's an old theater, which has been updated enough to bring it back into use a few years ago, but not enough to look like a brand-new, boring, ultra chic sort of place. When my kiddo told me about this show, a lot of the best seats had already been booked, but I was able to get front row balcony way off to one side - a good choice for us, since she and I are both of petite height and often end up with heads blocking our views. During the show, some sort of control board was set up right in front of us that almost, but not quite, blocked part of our view.

    I'm giving this venue 5 owl eyes simply because it's there, it's open, and someone is lovingly trying to run it as a going concern. That can't be an easy equation in expensive Chicago. With about 700 seats, you are not far from the action no matter where you sit, a relatively intimate and comfortable space to hold a moderate size performance.

    As I write this we are in the throes of the COVID stay-at-home order, so I can only hope that performances will resume in privately owned theaters like this one afterward.
    Written 19 April 2020
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