You've seen The Chicago Theatre. Its iconic marquee—standing six stories high—shows up almost every time Chicago is mentioned. Those big block letters are hard to miss: C-H-I-C-A-G-O.

There is a reason why locals love this theater so much, and once inside, you will instantly know why. Built in 1921 in French Baroque style, The Chicago Theatre features crystal chandeliers and bronze fixtures highlighting a grand staircase that leads to various gallery promenades on the floors above. The lobby itself is five stories tall. Here in this storied landmark, history combines with majesty and entertainment.

The Chicago Theatre was the first large, lavish movie palace in America. It set a high bar for others to follow. When it first opened, a 50-piece orchestra performed in the pit while a movie played on the screen above.


Theatre tours are available at noon on a daily schedule that varies with the season. So, check ahead. You'd hate to miss the feeling of standing on-stage where former stars have stood, or seeing the backstage "autograph walls," where great performers have left their marks — stars like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, David Letterman, and Lyle Lovett.


The performance calendar for the Theatre is as varied as the city itself. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Kelly Clarkson, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Gipsy Kings, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ellen DeGeneres have all graced the stage. Conan O'Brien even did a week of shows from the Theatre once.  

Comedy legends, rock world tours, acoustic sets and more are all at home in this incredible venue. Visit our events calendar to see what exciting productions are scheduled while you're here. If you want to really see C-H-I-C-A-G-O, this is the place.

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