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1. Theatres that primarily feature Broadway musicals:
- Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. www.broadwayinchicago.com.The Cadillac Palace Theatre, opened in 1926, is located in the very heart of the Theatre District. A majestic theatre, it has a long history in Chicago; it opened on the vaudeville circuit and has had upon its stage legends such as Mae West and Bob Hope. Inspired by French palaces, the interior of the Cadillac is plush and rich; red velvet seats and gold leaf wall decorations add to its sweeping air. Now one of the theatres in the city that run extremely popular Broadway musicals, its recent shows have included “The Producers” and Disney’s “The Lion King”
- Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. www.broadwayinchicago.com.The Ford Center opened in 1926 and immediately became popular for its Asian-themed décor. Today, visitors continue to be delighted by the mosaics depicting Indian princes, huge elephants and calm Buddhas; in the moments before the lights go down, they strain to catch last glimpses of the intricate carvings adorning the walls. Here, exoticism reigns. The Ford Center hosts a variety of Broadway musicals, including the current hit “Wicked”,
- LaSalle Bank Theatre, 22 W. Monroe,www.broadwayinchicago.com.The LaSalle Bank Theatre (formerly the Shubert Theatre) was the city’s tallest building when it opened in 1906. It has undergone many transformations since its early days on the vaudeville circuit but has retained its original decor. Designed with long, clean lines and simple elegance, this theatre is a timeless classic. Today it hosts popular Broadway productions such as “Rent” and Monty Python’s “Spamalot”.
2. Theatres that host various kinds of performances, including music concerts, comedy, live theatre and dance:
- Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, www.auditoriumtheatre.org. The Auditorium Theatre is located at Roosevelt University. This National Historic Landmark theatre is home to The Joffrey Ballet and hosts performances by major dance companies. It also features Broadway musicals, music concerts and even rock concerts; recent presentations range from the Bolshoi Ballet to Bob Dylan. The theatre’s golden-hued interior is famous for its beautiful murals and wall mosaics. It also boasts perfect acoustics, which skyrocketed the Auditorium to acclaim when it was first opened and continues to draw music and opera lovers today.
- Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, www.thechicagotheatre.com. The Chicago Theatre, opened in 1921, is one of the most recognizable features of Downtown Chicago. Its massive, vertical “CHICAGO” sign and its entrance, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, make it one of the most photographed theatres in the city. The theatre features live music concerts, comedy shows and other entertainment. It has a separate venue on its lower level, The Chicago Theatre Downstairs, which also offers a variety of entertainment.
- Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, www.goodmantheatre.org. The Goodman Theatre offers fresh, interesting plays that are often brimming with social commentary. The theatre dedicates itself to the principles of quality, diversity and community.
- Silk Road Theatre Project, 77 W. Washington, www.srtp.org. Silk Road Theatre Project at The Chicago Temple is dedicated to the works of playwrights writing about the Silk Road and the Diaspora.
- Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, www.harristheaterchicago.org. The Harris Theater is housed at Millennium Park. The company brings to the stage various types of music and dance, both traditional and eclectic.
3. Theatres that offer performances in classical music and opera:
- Chicago Opera Theater, 70 E. Lake, Ste 815, www.chicagooperatheater.org. The Chicago Opera Theater strives to make opera more accessible to the public. To this end, it provides performances from the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries, as well as educational programs for young artists.
- Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, www.cso.org. Symphony Center is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra began as the Chicago Orchestral Association in 1890, and since then has become a strong musical influence in Chicago, holding more than 150 live concerts in several genres of music every year.