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.
Wed
Apr 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Apr 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 28, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 28, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Apr 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
May 3, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 4, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 5, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 5, 2018
7:30 PM
Joffrey Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
May 6, 2018
2:00 PM
Joffrey Ballet: Midsummer Night's Dream
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 18, 2018
7:30 PM
Ballet Nacional De Cuba: Don Quixote
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Ballet Nacional De Cuba: Don Quixote
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
May 20, 2018
3:00 PM
Ballet Nacional De Cuba: Don Quixote
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 25, 2018
7:30 PM
All Black Affair
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jun 1, 2018
8:00 PM
David Byrne
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 2, 2018
8:00 PM
David Byrne
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jun 3, 2018
7:30 PM
David Byrne
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Giordano Dance Chicago
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jun 21, 2018
7:30 PM
Bill Clinton
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jul 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Chicago, IL
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
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
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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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