Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL

When Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler designed the 4,000-seat Auditorium Theatre in 1889, they used then-modern technology including electric lights and air conditioning. It was the tallest building in Chicago at the time, and the first multiuse building ever designed. Nearly 130 years later, it remains an architectural wonder nestled in the heart of the city. Multiple renovation projects have preserved the immaculate building and its 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, intricate stencil patterns, ornate gilded and bas-relief designs, along with wall mosaics and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury.

Auditorium Theatre was initially intended for operatic performances, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra made its debut in the building in 1891. In the 1960s, rock ‘n’ roll took center stage, playing host to legends like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. More recently, the theater has boasted a variety of productions, from music and dance to lectures with prominent writers and speakers. The Joffrey Ballet calls the venue home, and in partnership with Broadway in Chicago, it has hosted productions of Sister Act and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

The theater is a short walk from Grant Park on the Roosevelt University Campus. It’s easily accessible by car and by public transit, and there’s plenty of parking within a couple of blocks. Lodging is widely available, and the local restaurants reflect the extensive variety for which Chicago is known. Families visiting for a show should make time for the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and music lovers can enjoy cocktails and a performance at the renowned Buddy Guy’s Legends a couple of blocks away.
Tue
Jul 17, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jul 18, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jul 19, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jul 20, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
2:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
8:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jul 22, 2018
2:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jul 22, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Jul 24, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jul 25, 2018
2:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jul 25, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jul 26, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jul 27, 2018
7:30 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
2:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
8:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jul 29, 2018
2:00 PM
The Color Purple
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Sep 14, 2018
8:00 PM
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Aida Cuevas
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Death Cab For Cutie
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Oct 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Oct 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Oct 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Oct 26, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Swan Lake
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
8:00 PM
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Nov 9, 2018
8:00 PM
Lila Downs
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
8:00 PM
National Geographic Live: Symphony For Our World
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Dec 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 15, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 16, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 16, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Dec 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Dec 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 22, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 22, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Mon
Dec 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Dec 26, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Dec 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 28, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Dec 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Dec 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Dec 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
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Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL
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History & Traditions:
Capacity:
3,875
Past Names/Nicknames:
None
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1889
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