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Genesee Theatre

203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
+1 847-263-6300
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Beautiful old theater

We saw Paula Poundstone at the Genesee on April 12--our first visit. Very nice old theater, right... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DMartin216
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Chicago, Illinois
Great little venue

First time here, saw Sara Evans and Raelynn. Both sounded fantastic and our seats were great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Heath G
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Gurnee, Illinois, United States
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The historic Genesee Theatre is a 2,400 seat entertainment venue located in Waukegan, Illinois. Located along the northern shore of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Genesee Theatre is a hub of activity for Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hosting a variety of music, comedy, and dance, the Genesee marks Waukegan as a destination for high-quality entertainment once reserved for major cities. The Genesee was built in 1927 as a vaudeville stage and movie palace before being restored in 2004 to its modern glory as a live entertainment venue boasting one of the largest stages in the Midwest, an acoustically dynamic auditorium, and a beautifully restored grand lobby for intimate and elegant events.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great sound” (4 reviews)
“main floor” (5 reviews)
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203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
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"beautiful theatre"
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"downtown chicago"
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"great place to see a show"
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"comfortable seating"
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"nice venue"
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"jerry seinfeld"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw Paula Poundstone at the Genesee on April 12--our first visit. Very nice old theater, right in the middle of downtown Waukegan. It's so nice that they have preserved this historic theater.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time here, saw Sara Evans and Raelynn. Both sounded fantastic and our seats were great. Parking $10 cash in the public garage across the street was easy, clean and safe. My only negative was the poor alcohol menu and the fact the only took...More

Thank Heath G
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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the wonderful review and comments. The menu is always on our mind. As we continue to get more consistent attendance, we will hopefully be able to invest in providing a better offering.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is a neat historic theater. Not a bad seat in the house. We have visited many times. And I know we will be back.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the excellent review! Hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

This was just one of many show we have had the pleasure of seeing at this beautiful theatre. There is not a bad seat in the house. The theatre is absolutely beautiful and one of Waukegan’s greatest assets. The new management is doing a great...More

Thank Carole D
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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review and kind compliments! Can't wait to see you back!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I grew up going to the Genesee theater to watch first run movies as a kid. Like a lot of venues like the Genesee, a 2700 seat theater, metroplex theaters grew up in the 80's showing eight, ten, 12 movies and the Genesee, which opened...More

Thank Timothy F
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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow - really appreciate the awesome review and patronage! We continue to try and make The Genesee Theatre the overall best reason to get out of the house.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

This theater is not only a great venue for music, but it is absolutely beautiful as well. It's hard to keep from looking around at the beautiful architecture. Great sound and really enjoyed the concert I attended. Staff was very nice. Definitely recommend watching any...More

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review! A lot of love and hard work goes into our business, so we're glad you enjoyed the experience!

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

This theater has all different types of shows. All are with great sound and it is a small enough hall that there are really no bad seats. Parking is very close and easy to navigate. I have seen dozens of shows and all were good.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks for the great review!

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Over the holidays I took my parents and teenage son to see Michael Carbonero, a True TV magician. Top performance very well rounded show with humor mixed with magic tricks. My parents, upper 70's were hesitant of going to this theater, however it was a...More

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you for detailing your experience with us. Appreciate you giving us a try and hope to see you back! We find the most popular parking option is the parking garage one block west of the Theater for $10. Maybe you can use for next...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

WE went to see the OJAY"S who were Wonderful. BEST concert we have seen in years. GREAT help, plenty of seats and a fair price. This is someplace EVERYONE should go to and there are plenty of shows.

Thank Ron M
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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you for the excellent review! Love to hear you enjoyed yourself!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Attending a concert here feels like you are lucky to be someone who gets to see the artist in this smaller venue. But the sound is big, and a relaxing environment throughout.

Thank Guy S
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Elizabeth A, other at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for the 5 Star Review and kind compliments, Guy! Hope to see you back real soon!

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Marty S
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I have been to the GT often. It is a great venue. There typically is a wine/beer bar set up just past the entrance where you scan your ticket and a full bar in a room on the right after you scan your tickets. You can take... More
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Appreciate you writing in! We do offer this easy to read document with some nearby restaurant suggestions. If you go to the Genesee Theatre website, click Plan Your Visit then Area Restaurants, you'll be able to get some... More
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