The Chicago Theater
The Chicago Theater – A Chicago Landmark.
With its six-story neon marquee illuminating downtown Chicago, the legendary Chicago Theater hosts a variety of entertainment performances, stage shows, concerts, dance, comedy and special events. For over eight decades, the grandeur of the Chicago Theatre has wowed theater lovers with its elegant lobby, majestic staircase and beautiful auditorium with murals on the ceiling. Opened in 1921, the “Wonder Theatre of the World” is a Chicago landmark that presents the world’s top entertainment, brightest stars and hottest productions – from Duke Ellington to Sinatra.
Built in French Baroque style, The Chicago Theatre was the first lavish movie palace in America with its lavish lobby, grand staircase, and crystal chandeliers. The exterior features a replica of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe sculpted above its State Street marquee. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high and a half a city block wide. The vertical sign "C-H-I-C-A-G-O” is a Chicago landmark, as is the famous Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. In 1986 the Chicago Theater was meticulously restored and reopened with a gala performance by Frank Sinatra.
Since opening its doors on October 26, 1921 with the film “The Sign on the Door" on its screen, The Chicago Theater has presented exciting live and film entertainment, including Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick Jr, Ellen DeGeneres, Aretha Franklin, Kathy Griffin, Indigo Girls, Alicia Keys, David Letterman, Lyle Lovett, Oasis, Dolly Parton, Prince, Diana Ross, and Robin Williams. Check out upcoming concerts and shows, including The Black Crowes, Jackson Browne and Dennis Miller.