Auditorium Theatre

50 East Ida B. Wells Drive Chicago

Downtown Theatres/Auditorium Theatre
2019 Year of Chicago Theatre
Written By 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre

No other theatre in the world is quite like Chicago theatre. It’s real, elevated to an intensity you cannot turn away from. Even on your first visit, you can feel it. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. Rising from a city of innovators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From the jaw-dropping productions of Broadway In Chicago to the intimate and honest storefront plays and improv, the spirit of the city can be found in our 200+ theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must experience our theatre. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Book your next show today! Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com or find half-price deals at HotTix.org.

Auditorium Theatre

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The Auditorium Theatre is a National Historic Landmark, known internationally for its perfect acoustics, innovative architecture, and stunning design.

Opened in 1889, the Auditorium has always remained dedicated to providing the highest quality of artistic experiences while preserving the storied principles upon which it was founded.

Former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley gave speeches on the same stage where, years later, incandescent musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, and Elton John would perform. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles captivated audiences in the same space where Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera would play to sold-out crowds. From Frank Sinatra to Itzhak Perlman, The Beach Boys to Booker T. Washington, the Auditorium Theatre has welcomed so many to its stage, and is always focused on improving and enhancing the quality of its lineups — for a Landmark Theatre in one of the world’s greatest cities, nothing else will suffice.

Today, the Auditorium presents programming that reflects the diversity and the complexity of the city of Chicago and the world around us, from inspiring dance companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Folklórico de México to uplifting performances including "Too Hot to Handel", Kathleen Battle, and Bernadette Peters and the Boston Pops.

We highlight Chicago’s best local dance companies through our “Made in Chicago” Dance Series, featuring companies like Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Ensemble Español, and host rock stars like Neil Young, David Byrne, and David Gilmour.

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Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre? Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. This spirit of Chicago theatre is found in all of our neighborhoods, from downtown theatres to behind the storefronts, in a diverse collection of over 200 dynamic theatres. Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com.

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