Below is a list of the top and leading Theatres in Chicago. To help you find the best Theatres located near you in Chicago, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Chicago’s Best Theatres:
The top rated Theatres in Chicago, IL are:
- Music Box Theatre – it has been the leading place in Chicago
- The Chicago Theatre – giving all of their guests a safe and enjoyable experience
- Cadillac Palace Theatre – began on October 4, 1926
- Victory Gardens Theater – has created more Chicago premieres
- Harris Theater For Music & Dance – is Chicago’s main residence for dance and music
Music Box Theatre
Music Box Theatre is individually owned and managed by the Southport Music Box Corporation. The Southport Music Box Corporation, over its Music Box Films division, also spread foreign and independent films in DVD, theatrical, and television markets across the United States.
Each of their theatre’s seven hundred seats has a story to tell. The stories are more brilliant than the decades of films projected there. For the last couple of decades, it has been the leading place in Chicago for foreign and independent films. It presently has the biggest theater area operated full time in the city.
Films, Special Events, Lounge & Garden, Group Sales & Rentals, Membership
“This is one of the most magical places to explore in Chicago if you’re a cinema/film fan. There is nothing like watching a movie here. It’s the setting, the people, the huge screen, and old fashion seatings. I love it all and, personally, if I could live here I would. You have to experience a film in this theater.” – Crystal A.
The Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre has a designated aisle transfer, wheelchair, and companion seats, accessible restrooms, and assisted listening services for individuals with disabilities. Experience this iconic place in the center of downtown Chicago. View their seat map to see where you will be taking in the action. They are dedicated to the goal of giving all of their guests a safe and enjoyable experience.
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“Iconic Chicago sign! I had to stop by the theater at night to see the sign. It’s very close to downtown, just a five-minute walk over the river. Definitely worth checking out!” – Melinda H.
Cadillac Palace Theatre
Cadillac Palace Theatre began on October 4, 1926, at the corner of Randolph and LaSalle Streets in Chicago, 1926. Designed by famous theatre architects the Rapp Brothers, it primarily opened as the flagship of vaudeville’s legendary Orpheum Circuit, and among the stars believed to have played the Palace in their first years are Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Sophie Tucker, Jack Benny, and Bob Hope. The interior featured a magnificence before unseen in Chicago, an astonishing vision inspired by the palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau.
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“We absolutely love the Cadillac Palace Theater. We had a group of 20 people coming for the holiday show White Christmas. The production was excellent as always 4 shows that are sponsored by Broadway in Chicago. It was easy for us to find parking using SpotHero to get to this theater, and all of the staff members inside the theater were friendly and did their best to get everybody to their seats before the show started. We also like that they sell drinks and snacks and you are able to have them with you during the show.” – Mary B.
Victory Gardens Theater
Victory Gardens Theater has created more Chicago premieres and worlds premieres, operated with more living playwrights, and exported more new plays for production somewhere than any other theater in the region since its founding in 1974. Victory Gardens produces and nurtures relevant, new theater work that shows the different stories of the world and gives to the vitality of the American Theater.
Their work motivates dialogue towards meaningful civic change and establishes an inclusive theater experience that relates to everyone. Its vision is to be the head in bringing stories to the stage that help light social change for a better world.
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“A fantastic, historic venue. Intimate seating, cozy environment. Loved the experience.” – Randy K.
Harris Theater For Music & Dance
Harris Theater For Music & Dance is Chicago’s main residence for dance and music, connecting different audiences with exceptional artists throughout the city, the nation, and the world. Began in November 2003, it was the first multi-use performance place constructed in downtown Chicago since 1929 and fulfilled the city’s need for a shared home for mid-size performing arts organizations.
Now, it features the most cultural offerings and diverse arts of any venue in the city, and is a unique model for artistic quality, collaboration, and making the performing arts accessible and relevant to the widest possible audience.
Plan Your Visit, Rental
“Great programming. Most of the seats are good. Feels like you’re sitting in a concrete box. Try not to stand next to the neon lights in the lobby. They make everyone look thirty years older. Look forward to the new season program every year.” – Amy F.
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