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UNIQUE CHICAGO THEATER VENUES

Chicago’s theater venues have more than just space around a stage.

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Photo: Symphony Center's Rotunda, by SnapDoc/Flickr

Chicago's theater venues have more than just space around a stage. From a sleek, six-level rotunda to a grand, ornamented foyer, learn about the amenities and capacities of several city theaters.

 

THE CHICAGO THEATRE: GRAND LOBBY

Chicago Theatre Grand Lobby

Loop  •  175 N. State St.  •  Contact Form

Within the historic theater best recognized by its iconic C-H-I-C-A-G-O marquee on State Street lies the Grand Lobby, modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles. The elegant space stands five stories tall and features promenades, chandeliers and a grand staircase inspired by Paris Opera House, ascending to various levels of the Great Balcony.

Reception: 250  •  Banquet: 100  •  Theatre: 150


CIVIC OPERA HOUSE: GRAND FOYER

Civic Opera House - interior

Loop  •  20 N. Wacker Dr. •  312-827-5600 •  rentals@lyricopera.org

The three levels of this Art Nouveau and Art Deco hybrid — home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago — make the Grand Foyer a versatile venue for any type of event. Guests enjoy the hand-detailed ornamentation adorning the ceiling, balconies and fixtures; meeting professionals appreciate amenities like backstage tours and costume displays; and vendors enjoy direct access from Madison Street.

Reception: 400  •  Banquet: 150  •  Theater: 356

 

SYMPHONY CENTER: ROTUNDA

Symphony Center Rotunda

Loop  •  220 S. Michigan Ave.  •  312-294-3260

The Symphony Center is a 111-year-old hall that is home to the Grammy Award®-winning, world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra — and the interior spaces are just as impressive as the orchestra itself. For an eye-catching option, consider the naturally lit Rotunda as your venue. All six levels offer dynamic views of the sleek spiral staircase and atrium skylight, adding a dose of drama to your next event.

Reception: 200  •  Banquet: 80


VICTORY GARDENS BIOGRAPH THEATER: PRINCE CHARITABLE TRUSTS EVENT & REHEARSAL ROOM

Biograph Theater

Lincoln Park  •  2433 N. Lincoln Ave.  •  ssullivan@victorygardens.org

In the spring of 2006, Victory Gardens moved into the historic Biograph Theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Prince Charitable Trusts Event & Rehearsal Room is set behind the theater's historic façade and overlooks the recognizable marquee through large, beautiful Palladian windows.

Reception: 200  •  Banquet: 90

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300
Civic Opera House
20 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-3580
Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 294-3260
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 871-3000