Concert Venue / Theater
Info Home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Civic Opera House is a flashback to 1920s glamour and was in fact used as inspiration for the opera house in Citizen Kane. Built in 1929, the Art Deco building sits like a giant’s throne on the outskirts of the Loop. The Civic Opera House’s 3,563-seat theater makes ... more
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Party Earth Review When the 800-seat Music Box Theatre opened in 1929, it was considered the little sister to the much larger movie palaces of the day, but its intimate size belies a calendar packed with more than three hundred different movie showings a year. Restored in the 80s, this is not a place to catch the latest Zac Efron vehicle ... more
3733 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
Info The Briar Street Theatre is located on North Halsted Street in the center of Chicago. The Briar Street Theatre was formerly the stable for Marshall Field and Company horses. In 1970 Will Topel bought the building and turned it into a sound stage and office for his film production company. In 1985 the theater opened ... more
3133 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Paramount Theatre was opened in Aurora, Illinois in 1931. Also known as the Paramount Arts Center, the venue has been used to host films, live music performances, stand up comedy acts, and plays. Esteemed theater architects C.W. and George Leslie Rapp designed the unique Art Deco exterior of the Paramount Theatre ... more
23 East Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Info Home of Northern Illinois University and an hour west of Chicago, the Dekalb Convocation Center was built in 2002. The stadium has ties to the university, but it also books non-school events, including job fairs, trade shows, and concerts. Division I Northern Illinois University teams share the venue and games at the Dekalb ... more
1525 West Lincoln Highway
Dekalb, IL 60115
Info The corporate name is new; the theater is not. Dating from 1906 (then called the Majestic Theater), the Bank of America Theatre is home to large-scale Broadway shows. With 2,016 seats, the gilded theater was at one time the tallest building in the city. Today, it is clustered with several other large theaters in the Loop ... more
18 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Info Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Greenhouse Theater Center hosts a rotating roster of theater companies. The center is devoted to nurturing small and mid-sized theater companies, letting them rent stage space with all the miscellaneous necessities such as a box office, lighting equipment, and ushers. Up to ... more
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
175 E Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Info The 2,344-seat Cadillac Palace Theatre is a classy and upscale venue in Chicago’s theater district operated by Broadway in Chicago. The venue has brought numerous Broadway hits to the city since 1999, such as Aida and The Producers. Initially named The New Palace Theatre, the venue was built in 1926 by famed theater architects ... more
151 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Comedy Club / Theater
Info Improv comedy has a big history in Chicago, and multiple venues, like the iO Theater, are devoted to the art form. Across the street from Wrigley Field and sharing a block with some of Wrigleyville’s most popular bars, the iO Theater is a smaller cousin to famous Second City farther south. The “iO” stands for Improv Olympic ... more
3541 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Performing Arts Center
Info The western suburbs do not have a large density of colleges and universities, but Naperville’s North Central College brings cultural events to the area, hosted in the school’s Pfeiffer Hall. Built during the Jazz Age, the building is low-key and intimate but has the glamour of 1930s movie theaters. Its location ... more
30 East Benton Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
There are a bunch of localized theater areas in Chicago, which makes sense considering the hundreds of theaters spread throughout the city. But if you’re looking for the biggest stages, the newest performances, and the hottest talent, you don’t need to look any further than The Loop.
Smack dab in the middle of the city, Chicago’s Loop is home to touring Broadway shows playing on the most illustrious stages. Just to name a few, there’s the Harris Theater, the Storefront Theater, the famous Chicago Theatre, the Ford Oriental Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, and the Bank of America Theatre.
Getting outside The Loop, the Gold Coast has a mini theater district of its own with both the Broadway Playhouse and the Lookingglass Theatre. More theaters abound in Old Town – home of Second City – while River West hosts theaters big and small.
If you’re looking for great Chicago theaters, you only have to search your neighborhood to stumble across a live show, a great play, an incredible aria, or a booming symphony. So get out of the clubs for a night and discover the cultural wonders that the theaters in Chicago bring out on a nightly basis.