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Arie Crown Theater

2301 S Lake Shore Dr, McCormick Place East, Chicago, IL 60616 312-791-6190

Description: PRAIRIE AVENUE HISTORIC DISTRICT. Named for a successful Chicago immigrant businessman, this theater has been in existence since 1960 and is part of McCormick Place. The Arie hosts a wide variety of acts, from traditional Broadway musicals to cutting-edge pop performances. The establishment boasts 5000 seats and has state-of-the-art sound and terrific acoustics.
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Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605 312-341-2310

Description: THE LOOP. Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan are the architects responsible for the construction of this building, once the city's heaviest and tallest structure. Since its erection in 1889, it has served as an office building, a hotel, and a USO center during World War II. An extensive renovation in 1967 refurbished the original 4000-seat auditorium. Today, thousands are entertained by the many Broadway acts that cross the stage.
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Bank of America Theatre

18 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 312-977-1700

Description: THE LOOP. Formerly known as the Shubert Theatre, this performance venue originally hosted top-name vaudeville acts, but it now features plays and musicals like "Cabaret" and "Rent." Pre-Broadway works have also been performed, including the notable "Sweet Smell of Success." Dance performances are popular too.
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Cadillac Palace

151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 312-977-1700

Description: THE LOOP. This theater has been in existence since 1926, when it hosted top-name vaudeville acts. The magnificent interior stylistically mimics the palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles. The lobby has lovely mirrors, marble accents, and high ceilings, and the theater features over 2300 seats. Diverse entertainment options include pop acts and pre-Broadway features.
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Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 312-744-6630

Description: THE LOOP. This stunning neo-classical building boasts glass domes and mosaic walls and was once the main branch of the Chicago Public Library. Today, it serves as a multimedia art complex, offering such things as daytime and evening concerts (often free of charge). The Museum of Broadcast Communications and a lovely shop selling arts and crafts reside here, and the gallery displays rotating art exhibits. Dance, theater, music, and symphony performances are also hosted. Call the Department of Sponsored Events for current schedules.
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Chicago Theatre

175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601 312-462-6300

Description: THE LOOP. Chicago Theatre has had a lot of famous foot traffic over the years, thanks to performers like John Phillip Sousa and Duke Ellington. The theater, built around 1921, initially cost $4 million to construct. Its French Baroque exterior even includes a mini replica of the Arc de Triomphe. In addition, the lobby features a moving staircase similar to the one in the Paris Opera House, and the 29-rank Wurlitzer pipe organ is an original feature. Tours of the theater allow visitors to see autographs of folks who've played there, along with an exhibit on city theaters over the centuries.
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Goodman Theatre

170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601 312-443-3800

Description: THE LOOP. Goodman Theatre, built in 1925 to honor playwright Kenneth Goodman, hosts a variety of works each season, broad in artistry and content. Past works have included "Crowns," a gospel musical that showcases black women and their church hats and reveals the historical and cultural impact of the black community, and "Proof," a play that centers around the brilliance and potential insanity of a young genius. No matter what you see, you're sure to be impressed by everything from set design to direction and talent. A city treasure.
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Oriental Theatre

24 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 312-977-1700

Description: THE LOOP. Located in the city's rejuvenated theater district, the Oriental has 2200 seats and Asian-inspired architectural and decorative details, including a large domed ceiling adorned with seahorses and goddesses. The Oriental has been around since 1926, when it was built as a movie theater. Now, the lovely structure showcases musicals and other productions.
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Petrillo Music Shell

235 S Columbus Dr, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60604 312-742-4763

Description: DOWNTOWN. Petrillo Music Shell hosts the Grant Park Symphony and is the traditional venue for Chicago's free Summer Music Festivals. These popular performances bring out local residents in droves and feature blues, jazz, gospel, and country concerts. Besides the summer series, several shows are scheduled throughout the year. The latter feature everything from classical works to pop numbers.
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Symphony Center

220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604 312-294-3000

Description: THE LOOP. Symphony Center features a six-story, sky-lit arcade, as well as recital spaces and an upscale restaurant. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the center's primary draw, but other events are also hosted, including piano recitals, chamber music concerts, and pop performances. The center hosts more than 200 annual performances and features 110 musicians, along with award-winning composers and conductors.
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The Steppenwolf Theatre

1650 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 312-335-1650

Description: CLYBOURN CORRIDOR. Many famous actors have crossed the stage of this professional theater, including Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, and John Mahoney. The venue enjoys both a world-class reputation and international respect. Classics and new works push the envelope artistically, ensuring that everything you see engages and entertains. The environment is great, and sight lines are consistently excellent. One of the nation's best.
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