Chicago Theatre

Many big-name shows come to Chicago Theater. Get tickets while you’re in Chicago because you will see a great show and one of Chicago’s famous historical landmarks.

When it opened on October 26, 1921, the Chicago Theatre was called, “the Wonder Theatre of the World.” Its French Baroque style architecture is very impressive inside and out. In its beginning as a movie theater, Norma Talmadge starred in The Sign on the Door, while a 50-piece orchestra performed in the pit and Jesse Crawford played the Wurlitzer pipe organ. After a “white glove inspection,” 125 ushers welcomed guests who paid 25 cents until 1 p.m., 35 cents in the afternoon and 50 cents after 6 p.m.

Inside the Chicago Theatre

Since then, the Chicago Theatre has welcomed all kinds of musical legends: John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Barry White, Harry Connick Jr, Lyle Lovett, Prince, the Isley Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, and Beck. Comedians such as Robin Williams, David Letterman, and Ellen DeGeneres have also performed here.

Outside the Chicago Theatre

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