Ford Center For Performing Arts - Chicago, IL

With mystical architecture inspired by the Far East, the Ford Center for Performing Arts is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the must-visit attractions in Chicago. The venue, which opened in 1926 as the Oriental Theatre, used to show movies and plays. By the late 1970s, it fell into a state of disrepair and was eventually closed for more than 15 years. A restoration was completed in 1998, featuring gothic revival architecture, a palette of vibrant colors, opulent carvings and plush velvet seats with unobstructed stage views.

The theater has been a popular spot for jazz musicians, with legends like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald gracing its stage. Since it reopened, the Ford Center has been the home of a number of Broadway productions, including The King and I, Newsies: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Matilda the Musical and Billy Elliot.

Ford Center for Performing Arts is located in the revitalized North Loop Theatre District of the city. With numerous restaurants nearby, there’s no shortage of dining options before or after a show. There are a number of parking garages and lots within walking distance to the theater, but it can also be accessed via public transportation. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines exits are 1.5 blocks from the theater.
Tue
Jan 8, 2019
7:30 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jan 9, 2019
2:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jan 9, 2019
7:30 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jan 10, 2019
7:30 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jan 11, 2019
7:30 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jan 12, 2019
2:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jan 12, 2019
8:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jan 13, 2019
2:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Feb 12, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 13, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 13, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Feb 15, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Feb 19, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 20, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 20, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Feb 21, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
8:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Feb 26, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 27, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Feb 27, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Feb 28, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Mar 1, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
8:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 3, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 3, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Mar 5, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 6, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Mar 7, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Mar 8, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 9, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 9, 2019
8:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 10, 2019
2:00 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 10, 2019
7:30 PM
Dear Evan Hansen
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Mar 12, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 13, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 13, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Mar 14, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Mar 15, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 16, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 16, 2019
8:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 17, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 17, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Mar 19, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 20, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 20, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Mar 21, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Mar 22, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 23, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 23, 2019
8:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 24, 2019
2:00 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 24, 2019
7:30 PM
A Bronx Tale
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Mar 26, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 27, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Mar 27, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Mar 28, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Mar 29, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 30, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Mar 30, 2019
8:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 31, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Mar 31, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Apr 2, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Apr 3, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Apr 3, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Apr 4, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Apr 5, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 6, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 6, 2019
8:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Apr 7, 2019
2:00 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Apr 7, 2019
7:30 PM
Anastasia
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Apr 17, 2019
2:00 PM
Tap Dogs
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Apr 19, 2019
7:30 PM
Tap Dogs
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 20, 2019
2:00 PM
Tap Dogs
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Apr 20, 2019
8:00 PM
Tap Dogs
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Apr 21, 2019
2:00 PM
Tap Dogs
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 10, 2019
7:30 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 11, 2019
2:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 11, 2019
8:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 12, 2019
2:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 12, 2019
7:30 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 14, 2019
7:30 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 15, 2019
2:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
May 15, 2019
7:30 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 16, 2019
7:30 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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May 18, 2019
2:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
May 18, 2019
8:00 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
May 19, 2019
2:00 PM
Rent
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
May 28, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
May 29, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
May 30, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
May 31, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 1, 2019
2:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 1, 2019
8:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jun 2, 2019
2:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jun 2, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Jun 4, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jun 5, 2019
2:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jun 5, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jun 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jun 7, 2019
7:30 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 8, 2019
2:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jun 8, 2019
8:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jun 9, 2019
2:00 PM
Falsettos - The Musical
Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
Tue
Jul 16, 2019
7:30 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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Jul 17, 2019
2:00 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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Jul 17, 2019
7:30 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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Jul 18, 2019
7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 19, 2019
7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 20, 2019
2:00 PM
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Jul 20, 2019
8:00 PM
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Jul 21, 2019
2:00 PM
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Jul 21, 2019
7:30 PM
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Jul 23, 2019
7:30 PM
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Jul 24, 2019
2:00 PM
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Jul 24, 2019
7:30 PM
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Jul 25, 2019
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Jul 26, 2019
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Jul 27, 2019
2:00 PM
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Jul 27, 2019
8:00 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 28, 2019
2:00 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 28, 2019
7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 30, 2019
7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Jul 31, 2019
2:00 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
Chicago, IL
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Jul 31, 2019
7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Aug 1, 2019
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Chicago, IL
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Aug 2, 2019
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Aug 3, 2019
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Aug 3, 2019
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Aug 4, 2019
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Chicago, IL
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Aug 4, 2019
7:30 PM
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Oriental Theatre - Ford Center for the Performing Arts - IL
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Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
24 W Randolph, Chicago, IL
History & Traditions:
Capacity:
2,253
Past Names/Nicknames:
Oriental Theatre
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1926
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