Chicago Theaters
The Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Avenue
(773) 935-6100
theater’s website
The Apollo Theater (no relation to New York City’s Apollo Theatre) is a lush venue with a prestigious reputation, located in the heart of Chicago’s fashionable Lincoln Park neighborhood. Built in 1978 by theatre producers Jason Brett and Stuart Oken and twice renovated, the Apollo boasts a dramatic glass and concrete design conceived by Chicagoan Michael Lustig. The Apollo is also home to Emerald City Theatre Company, Chicago’s largest Children’s Theater Company dedicated solely to families.
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The Arie Crown Theater
2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
(312) 791-6000
theater’s website
Whether you are attending a concert or theatrical event at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater, here is all the information you need to make your upcoming visit easy and convenient. The Arie Crown Theater is located in Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, just 2.5 miles south of downtown Chicago. It is accessible via a wide variety of public transportation methods and ample parking is available. – from the theater’s website.
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Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
(312) 922-2110
theater’s website
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is committed to offering the finest in international, cultural and community programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of our National Historic Landmark building. Designed and constructed by famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the theatre has been a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889. In architectural grandeur and in the merit of the artists who have performed here, the Auditorium Theatre has no equal. – from the theater’s website
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Bank of America Theatre
18 West Monroe Street, Chicago
(312) 977-1701
The Bank of America Theatre opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1906 and was Chicago’s first million-dollar-plus venue and the city’s tallest building at the time. A hot spot on the vaudeville circuit and later host to such luminaries as Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry, the Majestic closed during the Great Depression and was shuttered for 15 years. Much of the original design was retained when the theatre was remodeled and reopened in 1945, in time for the heyday of favorites like Carousel, South Pacific, and Guys and Dolls. The Bank of America Theatre has hosted the pre-Broadway world premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Recent shows include the Chicago favorite, Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages. – from the theater’s website
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Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower
175 E. Chestnut St, Chicago
(312) 977-1700 ext 2250
Broadway In Chicago announced that it had entered into a long-term agreement with General Growth Properties, owner and manager of the Water Tower Place shopping center, to re-open the theatre as the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. The newest of 5 theatres operated by Broadway In Chicago, it is adjacent to the Water Tower Place shopping center along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.- from the theater’s website
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Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 West Randolph Street, Chicago
(312) 384-1502
The Palace Theatre opened in 1926. Designed by legendary theatre architects the Rapp Brothers. During the late 1950s, the Palace was fitted with special equipment to show films in Cinerama. In 1984, the theatre, now renamed the Bismarck Theatre, was converted into a rock venue. Sporadically used during the 1990s, the venue was completely restored and renovated during 1999, and renamed the Cadillac Palace. The renovated theatre was reopened during the fall of 1999, with the premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.” – from the theater’s website
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Chicago Shakespeare
800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
(312) 595-5600
theater’s website
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language and depth of feeling for the human condition. Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare’s work has been recognized internationally with three of London’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and by the Chicago theater community with 62 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Artistic Excellence – from the theater’s website
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
(312) 294-3000
symphony’s website
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. Led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra—to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, whose long-standing relationship with the CSO led to his appointment as principal guest conductor in 1995, was named Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus in 2006. – from the cso’s website
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Ford Performing Arts / Oriental Theater
24 W Randolph Street, Chicago
(312) 977-1700
The Oriental Theatre opened in 1926 as one of many ornate movie palaces built in Chicago during the 1920s by the firm Rapp and Rapp. The Oriental continued to be a vital part of Chicago’s theatre district into the 1960s, but patronage declined in the 1970s along with the fortunes of the Chicago Loop in general. Late in the decade, the theatre survived by showing exploitation films. It closed in 1981 and was vacant for more than a decade. The Oriental is one of several houses now operating in Chicago’s revitalized Loop Theatre District. – from the theater’s website
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Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago
(312) 443-3800
theater’s website
Established in 1925, Goodman Theatre has been a part of life in Chicago for over 80 years. Every season, the Goodman presents the work of an extraordinary group of local, national and international artists. – from the theater’s website
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Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago
(312) 334-7777
theater’s website
One of the newest Chicago theaters, opened on November 8, 2003, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the downtown Chicago area since 1929. Today, the non-profit theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting the city’s most acclaimed music and dance institutions as well as world-renowned national and international artists and ensembles through its Harris Theater Presents series. – from the theater’s website
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Lookingglass Theatre
821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
(312) 337-0665
theater’s website
Lookingglass was founded in 1988 by David Catlin, David Schwimmer, Lawrence DiStasi, David Kersner, Eva Barr, Joy Gregory, Andy White, and Thom Cox. Their first production Through the Lookingglass was directed by David Kersner and took place at the Great Room in Jones Residential College on the Northwestern University campus in the fall of 1988. They have since performed fifty-three world-premiere original works (their most recent being David Schwimmer’s Trust in 2010). Lookingglass was the recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award. – from the theater’s website
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Lyric Opera Chicago
20 N. Wacker Drive,Chicago
(312) 332-2244
theater’s website
Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world’s greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Over the past two decades the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sales, averaging 100% attendance from 1988-2002, and more than 90% attendance since that time. Lyric Opera is also distinguished for having operated in the black for 23 of the past 24 years.- from the theater’s website
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The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago
(312) 742-1168
Millennium Park website
The Pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing headdress of brushed stainless steel ribbons that frame the stage opening and connect to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes. The trellis supports the sound system, which spans the 4,000 fixed seats and the Great Lawn, which accommodates an additional 7,000 people. This state-of-the-art sound system, the first of its kind in the country, was designed to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert hall by distributing enhanced sound equally over both the fixed seats and the lawn. The Pavilion is home to the Grant Park Music Festival and other free concerts and events. Millennium Park is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the north and Monroe Street to the south. – from millennium park’s website
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Second City
1616 N Wells Street, Chicago
(312) 337-3992
theater’s website
The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its approach to both theatre and comedy. The Second City railed against the conformist culture with scenes that spoke to a younger generation. – from the theater’s website
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Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Street Chicago
(312) 335-1650
theater’s website
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is where great acting meets big ideas. Our passion is to tell stories about how we live now. Our mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes us think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The company was formed in 1976 by a collective of actors and is dedicated to an ethic of mutual respect and the development of artists through ongoing group work. Steppenwolf has grown into an internationally renowned ensemble of forty-three artists who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. – from the theater’s website
Victory Gardens
2433 North Lincoln Avenue
(773) 871-3000
theater’s website
From its founding in 1974 through the present day, Victory Gardens Theater has dedicated itself to playwrights and their works as well as emphasizing the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of artists. Victory Gardens has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater. In 2006, Victory Gardens successfully completed a renovation of Chicago’s famed Biograph Theater, and moved to its beautiful new home in one of Chicago’s most celebrated historic landmarks. Renamed the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, the new venue opened with a state-of-the-art 299-seat main stage.

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