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Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre

175 North State Street, Chicago, 60601

The Basics

The first of the great early-20th-century movie palaces, the Chicago Theatre was designed to be as lavish as Versailles. Its landmark marquee is backed by a miniature replica of the Arc de Triomphe, the 5-story lobby is modeled on Versailles’ Royal Chapel, and the grand staircase is based on the one at the Palais Garnier, the Paris’ stunning opera house.

The theater is a popular stop on city sightseeing tours, and you can admire its exterior on any number of hop-on hop-off bus tours. To explore the theater’s impressive interior, attend a performance or take one of the venue’s daily tours, included with the Chicago Explorer Pass and Go Chicago Card.

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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
$74.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great fun!
Had a great time meeting new people, trying fantastic food and learning about the city! Definitely would recommend!
Martina_T, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

star-4
This is the exploring pass for you if you cannot decide in advance where you want to go
Anastasios_V, Apr 2022
Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
I chose the 7 venue pass which in the end proved too much as some of the venues are not open in early spring. In total I saved 35 usd (calculated the cost of buying each venue separately) plus I got an extra activity for free at some venues (say another 40). So overall it was a good purchase. Note: this was the explorer pass AND not the city pass. The former does not get you into the Shedd aquarium AND no discount at the venues’ stores.
star-5
Excellent value and family fun!
Karen_M, Mar 2022
Go City: Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
So glad we purchased the Go Chicago pass. We saved so much money and ended up doing many more activities than we had originally planned! We too 3 boat tours (the seadog was not included but more than worth the extra money), a bus tour, navy pier, Adler planetarium, Shedd aquarium, Field museum. We also managed to get a walk to buckingham fountain and the parks in. Our son loved his mini trip to Chicago!
star-5
Useful. Attractions are...
maria_v, Mar 2022
Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
Useful. Attractions are fun. Some were very close to where we stayed. Easy to download and easily used at the places
star-5
A lot more fun than expected!
Maki_K, Nov 2019
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Chicago Theatre
It was a fun tour. My friend and I enjoyed learning the history of the Chicago theatre and seeing beautiful theatre interior decoration. It was a lot more fun than we expected!
star-5
Hands down the best deal out there!
Grace_M, Jun 2021
Go City: Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
We were skeptical to purchase this bec of the negative reviews, but everything worked well for us. It's really easy, the diff establishments just scan your QR codes. Hands down this is the better deal than the city pass as you can pick as many as you can fit in your day. We saved over $350 for a party of 7. Skydeck, river cruise, Shedd, hop on bus are a must. We ended the day w an exhilarating escape game that.our teenagers loved you can schedule it pretty late as well. Highly recommend!
star-5
Just Spectacular
Ryan_C, Feb 2020
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Chicago Theatre
Tour guide was excellent and the Theatre is just amazing. From the history to the breathtaking details of its structure, it is a must see on your trip to Chicago!
star-5
A Prince and his Abuelita 💕😊🙃😉
Erika_A, Nov 2021
Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
My grandson and I had an amazing quality time at the Willis tower and Navy Pier. Met wonderful people and the day lasted to enjoy all the rides and activities. A memorable time for sure !!!
star-5
Quick weekend trip to Chicago
Kathleen_C, Jul 2021
Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
So fun! The River architecture boat tour was my favorite. We saw the Field Museum as well and it took a whole day to attempt to see it all
star-4
Beautiful Building
selinabalerina, Sep 2019
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Chicago Theatre
I gave the tour 4 stars because the building is an icon that you must see. Our tour guide was fun and up tempo. The only downside was the security measures. It kind of set of the tone wrong. It was either a bit much, or if required a worry as too what could happen on the tour...
star-5
Chicago Theater
Thomas J, Sep 2019
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Chicago Theatre
I've lived in Chicago all my life but never took this tour before. Our guide was excellent, knowledgable, funny and tried to get to know each of us on the tour. He knows the theater well. He's a little hazy on Chicago history dates: when the Lake Street el and State Street subway were built. But overall a good job.
star-4
Easy to use
Johnhebe, Sep 2019
Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
This one of several passes you can get. I did not do the research so I don;t know how they compare with others. But I found it really useful to have this organized before I got to Chicago and was then able to use it to get onto the three things I wanted to do.
star-5
Europe in Chicago
TallieO_Y, Aug 2019
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Chicago Theatre
The theatre is absolutely beautiful! Outlet tour guide, Hillary was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a wonderful time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Chicago Theatre is a must-visit for history, theater, and architecture buffs.

  • Check the performance calendar before you visit; many shows sell out far in advance.

  • The venue offers a coat check for coats and bags, as well as backpacks, large bags, and strollers, which are not permitted inside the auditorium.

  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the theater.

  • The facility is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Chicago Theatre is located on North State Street, in the Loop in downtown Chicago. It’s easily accessible by public transit, or on foot from local landmarks. By subway, take the Red Line to Lake or the Brown, Green, Pink, Orange, or Purple Line Express elevated line to Lake/State. If you’re driving, download the venue’s parking app to secure a spot in advance at a nearby garage.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The theater is open year-round, with a full calendar of concerts, comedy shows, and special events. If you’d like to explore the theater’s interior without attending a performance, book a 1-hour tour, offered at 12pm daily.

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Other Chicago Architecture Landmarks

In the late 1800s, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of downtown, making way for different styles of architecture as new buildings went up. Architecture enthusiasts will swoon in Chicago and definitely want to seek out popular landmarks such as the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, on the Magnificent Mile. Also, just across Michigan Avenue stands the Wrigley Building, with its giant clockface and two towers overlooking the Chicago River.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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