Everything you need to know about visiting the Chicago Theatre (175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601).
The Chicago Theatre is best known for its iconic marquee, a remnant of its past as an opulent French baroque-style movie palace. When it opened 1921, the 3,600-seat theater screened films and hosted live jazz performances, dubbed by its owners the “Wonder Theatre of the World.” The theater (which has been renovated several times over) is equally magnificent today, hosting performances by bands like the Avett Brothers and Sigur Rós as well as comedians such as Chris Rock and John Mulaney. in one of the most ornate venues in the city.
Go behind the scenes
Even if you’ve seen a few concerts at the Chicago Theatre, you haven’t experienced everything the historic facility has to offer. Daily Marquee Tours allow visitors to stand on the venue’s stage and take a peek at the autographed walls in the backstage dressing rooms (see if you can spot signatures left by Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton).
Keep your eye on the calendar
Some of the biggest names in music, comedy and entertainment stop by the Chicago Theatre, but you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled if you want to score tickets. Surprise sets from Louis C.K. and performances by contemporary acts like Harry Styles and Father John Misty tend to sell out quickly. You’ll need to pay close attention to the Chicago Theatre concert calendar if you want to catch your favorite acts in one of the city’s most beautiful venues.
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|Venue name:||Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL|
175 N State St
|Cross street:||between Randolph and Lake Sts|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to State/Lake; Red to Lake.|
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Chicago Theatre. Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason. Music by Mel Marvin. Directed by Matt August. With Shuler Hensley. Running time: 1hr 30mins; no intermission. Theater review by Suzanne Scanlon It’s slightly surreal to enter the landmark Chicago Theatre...Musicals Friday November 16 2018 - Sunday November 25 2018
Conan O'Brien + Ron Funches + James Veitch
Late-night TV veteran Conan O'Brien hasn't performed in Chicago since bringing his eponymous TBS show to the Chicago Theatre in 2012, where he recorded four episodes (and had a few drinks at the Irish American Heritage Center). The well-coiffed comic...Stand-up Wednesday November 28 2018
Thom Yorke + Oliver Coates
After bringing Radiohead to the United Center for a pair of shows earlier this year, Thom Yorke will return to Chicago in December for a special concert in support of his 2014 solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. Joined by longtime Radiohead producer...Dance and electronic Tuesday December 4 2018
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Acrobats, illusionists, dancers, jugglers and stilt-walkers take the stage in this kinetic holiday show, which channels European cirque performances and Broadway glitz. Cirque Dreams Holidaze features more than 300 festive cotumes, 20 acts and original...Circuses & magic Wednesday December 12 2018 - Sunday December 16 2018
I Feel Pretty star, podcast host and activist Amy Schumer brings comes to the Chicago Theatre for two nights of delightfully dirty stand-up comedy. Schumer recently announced her pregnancy (at the end of an Instagram post encouraging her fans to vote),...Stand-up Wednesday December 19 2018 - Thursday December 20 2018
Hailing from Texas, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves made a name for herself with twangy tunes about small-town living, romance and staying true to yourself. On Golden Hour, Musgraves frequently moves beyond country music, experimenting with bouncy disco...Pop Thursday January 31 2019