Top Things to Do in Theater District

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Theater District, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Theater District

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  • Donald L
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    Very awesome the sets are great gory and informative. The ghost tour is really cool you can record and snap a pic so all in all great.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA321 contributions
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    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
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    The Chicago River is a winding, wandering, wonderful body of water. It flows backward, piercing the heart of Chicago, linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles that runs through downtown Chicago. It is dyed bright green on St. Patrick's Day and is spanned by iconic bridges that open and close to traffic. Today, the main stem of the river flows west from Lake Michigan to Wolf Point, near the Merchandise Mart, where it converges with the North Branch to form the South Branch, which flows southwest and empties into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The North Branch has its beginnings in the northern suburbs where its three principal tributaries converge -- Skokie River, Rondout and Mettawa -- and continue south through Niles before entering Chicago near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Devon Avenue. Meanwhile, the South Branch enters the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at Damen Avenue and flows down the canal through the southwestern suburbs and, in time, into the Des Plaines River between Crest Hill and Lockport, eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, though probably not the first Europeans to visit the area, are the first recorded explorers to have visited the Chicago River in 1673. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, acknowledged to be the first permanent resident of Chicago, built a farm on the north bank at the mouth of the river in the 1780s. In 1803, Fort Dearborn was constructed on the bank opposite what had been Point du Sable's settlement, on the site of the present day Michigan Avenue Bridge. The first bridge over the river was constructed over the North Branch near present day Kinzie Street in 1832. A second bridge over the South Branch near Randolph Street was added in 1833. Today, the Chicago River is spanned by 38 bridges, down from a peak of 52. To learn about the history of the Chicago River and how the bridges are raised and lowered, visit the five-story, 1,613-square-foot McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum at the southwest bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Looking for other ways to enjoy the river? Take a lightening fast cruise on the speedy Seadog, which jets off from Navy Pier, speeds along the lakefront, then zips down the river. allowing passengers to see the most famous riverfront buildings, including Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Marina City, Lyric Opera and Merchandise Mart. Take a ride on a fireboat, paddle a kayak, take a guided architectural tour that circles the Loop and glides past the spot where the first settlers to Chicago set up their home base or hail a water taxi to travel via the Chicago River to Chinatown, Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue and Union Station. All in all, there are many exciting ways to explore the Chicago River.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
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    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey14,194 contributions
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    Aside from Cloud Gate and Buckingham Fountain, The Chicago Theatre's red and yellow marquee is perhaps one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. At the northern edge of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 as an extravagant movie theater and performance venue. Between the theater's unmistakable sign and its stunning façade, it's impossible to miss this stunning Chicago landmark.

    the theater has hosted such big names as Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and Prince, in addition to screening blockbuster flicks. The theater's historic appearance enhances the overall experience of catching an event here. Just remember, cameras and video cameras, including those on cell phones, cannot be used during tours or performances.

    It is a few blocks northwest of Millennium Park. Even if you don't have time to check out a show, be sure to pop in or schedule a tour to get a closer look.
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Dave S
    Austin, TX15 contributions
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    Awesome place to see a Broadway show. We saw Six on a Saturday night. This is an old style theater from the 1920s with an ornate ceiling that captures your attention when you come in. The sightlines seem to be very good, although we were row P in the orchestra center. The singers' audio was very good and there was a closed caption sign off to the side. The seats are comfortable, although you won't confuse them with the newer recliners at the high end movie houses. The concessions are Broadway standard, meaning a full bar and boxed candy, so make sure you eat dinner before the show. Access into the theater was quick and it did not take long to leave. Since we walked, I can't vouch for ride share pickup.
    Written 17 June 2024
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  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, MO1,139 contributions
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    It's huge, it covers a full city block. Plenty of selections, not a lot of help. I'm glad it's still open following the closing of the Water Tower Place store.
    Written 26 July 2021
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  • SeekerOfGoodValue
    Saint Louis, MO337 contributions
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    I think this iconic but unnamed piece represents Chicago - is Chicago. "Chicago" combines many older urban elements into a new, unique but striking and powerful metropolis. The art work is like nothing you have ever seen. And Chicago is like no other city in the world. Not particularly pretty, but strong, real, unique. An original. This is one of four large artworks (Calder, Chagall, Miro, and Picasso) w/in a few blocks of each other inside the Loop along Dearborn. Installed between 1967 and 1981, these four artworks celebrate Chicago's status as a Great City. Very walkable free experience. Very cool. The greatest artists on earth celebrating Chicago. Be proud Chicago.
    Written 19 June 2024
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  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,428 contributions
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    We saw the Nacirema Society as part of the Pearl Cleage Festival this fall in the Albert Theater. The production was first rate, with a beautiful set. The theater is gorgeous and relatively new. I don't think there is a bad seat in the house.

    We sat in the mezzanine. It's a good view if you are in the front rows, although you can't see the expressions on the actor's faces super well. I'm not sure but I think the front row of the mezzanine is probably around row J of the orchestra/main floor?

    There are side balcony seats that are interesting, but I don't think are better than seats that are centered vis a vis the stage. I wouldn't sit beyond box 7 and 8 personally.

    The Goodman puts on high quality theater productions.
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • Dolla K
    Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon10 contributions
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    We all loved. Its so much fun for all ages. And the staff are very nice, helpful and respectful . They took all our pics for us!
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Rebecca L
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    If you have the chance to see Boop! before it ends in late December, I hope you will go! I won't be surprised if this fast-paced, vibrant, outstanding show wins a Tony or two. It took me and my friends on a wonderful emotional journey, and we left feeling energized and filled with hope. The singing and dancing performance are amazing and the costumes and use of technology are incredible. Don't leave early, or you will miss a nice surprise. It's a lovely theater with attentive staff, but their handicapped accessible bathroom is in the hotel next door, which is a bit challenging. I think they were having elevator problems the day I was there, and that may have been the issue. However, their staff did a great job taking care of people with mobility issues. Highly recommend calling the Broadway in Chicago accessibility desk to get help getting accessible tickets - they know what they are doing much more than Ticket Master, etc., and they may have tickets that you will not see on other sites.
    Written 3 December 2023
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  • SeekerOfGoodValue
    Saint Louis, MO337 contributions
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    I do love Chagall, and Chagall loves Chicago. This colorful mosaic depicts "spring, summer, winter, and fall." It places Chicago in the middle of Chagall's endlessly recurring and magical universe. This is one of four large artworks (Calder, Chagall, Miro, and Picasso) w/in a few blocks of each other inside the Loop along Dearborn. Installed between 1967 and 1981, these four artworks celebrate Chicago's status as a Great City. Very walkable free experience. Very cool. The greatest artists on earth celebrating Chicago. Be proud Chicago.
    Written 19 June 2024
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  • Bill B
    Bel Air, MD8,253 contributions
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    The Bridgehouse Museum is located in one of four classic structures that "guard" each end of the bridge on Michican Avenue as it crosses the Chicago River. Each structure is decorated with sculpture. Their height is deceptive at street level because Wacker Drive is elevated. The "house" on the east side of Wacker and Michigan contains the river museum that is entered at the lower level along the river. Unfortunately, it was closed today in preparation for upcoming Halloween festivities, but one was still able to enjoy the impressive structures. In fact, the evening before, they stood out even more sharply with all the night lighting along the river and streets.
    Written 20 October 2023
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  • Irina
    United States11,241 contributions
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    Carbide and Carbon Building was designed by the architecture firm Burnham Brothers in Art Deco style, as the regional office of the Union Carbide and Carbon Co. Constructed in 1928-29, it is a 37-story, 503 ft (153 m) high-rise, located at the north part of Chicago Loop.

    The two-story base of the building is constructed from a black granite, the tower is cladded in dark green and terra cotta, with extensive gold leaf and bronze trim. The top of the tower is quite stunning, it's often compared to a champagne bottle. The top of the "bottle" is cladded entirely in 24k gold leaf.

    Carbide and Carbon Building had gone through multiple ownerships and renovations: in 2004 it was transformed in Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, in 2018 it became St. Jane Hotel, and in 2021 it reopened as the Pendry Chicago Hotel, with Chateau Carbide Rooftop Lounge and Bar.

    Located at 230 N Michigan Avenue, this unique and extravagant historic skyscraper looks very modern; it was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1996.

    I enjoyed taking photos of Carbide and Carbon Building; even on the late summer foggy days, it is spectacular.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,369 contributions
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    I stopped by for Saturday afternoon mass during a recent layover. The church is modern and beautiful, with clean lines and gorgeous artwork. It's run by the Franciscan order and serves a growing Loop population. Was very glad I happened by. Lovely organ music, too.
    Written 1 February 2020
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