Box seats $42–$78 Sight line Costly seats come at a costly angle. Better views down below. Sound Nothing special Perks With just four seats in a large box, you get ample legroom. Verdict Save your cash.
Cadillac Palace Theatre Center orchestra $85 Sight line Eleven rows back: not too close, not too far Sound Front and center, couldn’t be better Perks You can bring lobby-purchased food and drinks into the house, but so can the people with cheaper seats. Verdict Splurge
U.S. Cellular Field Scout seats $250–$265 Sight line First 11 rows behind home plate. So close you can see the stitching on the ball. Sound You’ll hear every syllable of a profanity-laced tirade. Perks Separate entrance, parking pass, and all the food and booze you can manage Verdict Splurge
Chicago Theatre Rows HH and GG $50–$150 Sight line Crystal clear—so much so that a comedian may harangue you if you try to sneak in late. Sound No complaints Perks Food and drinks allowed in the house (again, this goes for cheaper seats, too) Verdict Splurge
Lyric Opera of Chicago Mezzanine box seats Varies, up to $294 Sight linePerfecto. Direct line of sight makes for easy-to-read translations on the overhead translation box. SoundBellissima. Acoustics carry the distance. Perks Guests are allowed late entry—unlike the peasants down below. Verdict Opera junkies: splurge. Everyone else: save.