The Loop’s 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre was the opulent French baroque-style flagship of the Balaban and Katz movie-palace chain when it opened in 1921. It’s still a beautiful venue (you’ve probably seen the famous illuminated “Chicago” marquee even if you’re from out of town) that’s surprisingly cozy for its large size. It has also hosted some phenomenal shows: We’ve caught everyone from Mariah Carey to our favorite podcasters here, and we’ve never been disappointed.
Chicago loves to take the spotlight. Live performances of plays, music and other fantastic artforms are a backbone of what makes the Windy City a beacon of culture in the Midwest. While the officially designated Theater District sits in the Loop, there are plenty of independent theaters with equally thought-provoking programming in neighborhoods across the city. From concerts by world-renowned artists to touring productions of Broadway hits, the best theaters in Chicago offer an seemingly endless amount of entertainment. So browse through our guide and reserve a ticket to see a show today.
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