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Auditorium Theatre

Theater, Broadway Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Auditorium Theatre

The National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889 and is still considered a stunning piece of architecture (it was designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, with a young Frank Lloyd Wright assisting as a draftsman). Boasting excellent acoustics and sight lines, the theater hosts shows and events of all genres, including Broadway hits, slam poetry competitions, a National Geographic Live speaker series, international and local dance, and rock concerts (Neil Young, David Byrne and Death Cab for Cutie have all performed recently). The theater is the Chicago home of the renowned dance companies Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre, and currently hosts The Joffrey Ballet. Historic theater tours are offered four times a week.


Venue name: Auditorium Theatre
Address: 50 E Congress Pkwy

Cross street: between Michigan and Wabash Aves
Transport: El stop: Blue, Red to Jackson; Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library. Bus: 7, 10, 146.
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  • Concerts Saturday September 21 2019

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5 / 5

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When I sat down for my first show here, I was in awe how beautiful the theater was. Additionally, I realized how the seating is arranged makes the view from almost any seat spectacular. 

The Auditorium Theatre is Chicago’s Landmark Stage, bringing you the best in dance, music, international, cultural, community and educational programming. What isn't there to love about this venue. They have something for everyone!!

It's gorgeous, intimate and has a beautifully storied history. Those lines, those lights, those curves--it's a pinup of a theatre. When you're there, you're not only transported by the excitement of the moment but also in imagining all who have passed thru before and those who are on the way. I bet any artist who really wants to be seen felt and heard when asked what venue in Chicago they'd prefer to play would say "The Auditorium, of course!" And if it's their manager asking and the person being asked is feeling particularly artistic he or she might add, "What am I paying you for? Not to ask me stupid questions like that!"
Well, that's what I'd say anyway. Then we could have a good laugh. Then, I'd pull myself up short and say, "You think I'm kidding? Wrong--again. You'd better get it together. Or else."

This gorgeous theatre has the best people who make every event an unforgettable experience!