Grandly perched on Michigan Avenue, directly across from Millennium Park, sits Orchestra Hall, home to the world-famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra
since 1904. One step inside, and you'll realize why an orchestra would never want to leave.
The acoustics are perfect regardless of where you sit. Sound engineers have worked for years mastering the space and fashioning it for a perfect performance, no matter whose notes you're hearing: Mozart, Wagner, Bach, Bob Dylan or Leonard Bernstein.
Concertmasters have been known to come and stay for years, realizing there is no comparable concert hall anywhere. That's also a draw for performers who relish the opportunity to be a guest soloist or just play along with the band.
The CSO has a playful side. Every summer they troop across the street for an equally delightful alfresco performance at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Spread out a blanket, unpack your picnic, and enjoy a rapturous evening, surrounded by lake breezes, the Chicago skyline at sunset, and glorious music.
The CSO also bends the definition of classical every once in a while. Classic country, blues, or folk music often pours off the stage - like pianist Keith Jarrett, Joan Baez, or a tribute to Billie Holiday.
Here's a tip for concerts: arrive a little early and you may hear some of the master musicians warming up before the conductors make their grand entrance. You might even catch a few chords that will sound familiar once the concert begins.
The masters of classical music could find no better place to showcase their work. And you could find no better place to hear it.
Check out the Events Calendar to see what exciting musical events are scheduled while you're here. If you've never seen a classical concert before, this could be your introduction to the beauty of a masterpiece.