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Chicago Theatres: A Complete Guide

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It’s time to go to the theater and enjoy all the Chicago shows out now! This week, we’re focusing on Chicago theatres.

In a city as big and bountiful as Chicago, there are so many local live theatres near you to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Just searching “chicago theatres near me” is overwhelming AF––what’s the difference between one theatre and another? With several theatres within the Chicago area, it’s no wonder you don’t know where to start!

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Don’t worry, we’re here to help make your decision easier. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorite local theaters in Chicago to help you make the most of your Chicago Broadway experience.

Get comfy as we dive into our Chicago theatres guide!

Chicago Theaters: Chopin Theatre

The Chopin theatre is a historic theatre that showcases music, movies, live theatre, and some much more. According to history, the theatre opened in 1918 and designed by Worthmann & Steinbach. 

The theatre has shown over more than 120 productions and hosted performers from various countries and a wide range of talents. Currently, the theater is hosting the dark musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon on Barber Street. In this musical we find an exiled barber seeking justice for a judge who wrongfully sent him to jail and took advantage of his wife. With the help of pie maker Mrs. Lovett, the 2 embark on a bloody ride.

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“This is a great venue and atmosphere,” wrote one Google reviewer, “can’t wait to come back for Cruel Intentions!!”

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Chopin Theatre

1543 W Division St

Chicago, IL 60642

Chicago Theaters: Athenaeum Theatre 

Located between the North branch of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, the Athenaeum Theatre is the oldest running theatre located Off Loop. The Athenaeum originally opened in 1911 as part of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, the theatre houses 4 performances spaces, including one main stage, and three smaller studio spaces all in one 3 story building. The main stage quickly became the go to theatre for arts groups, audiences and cultural resources throughout the greater Chicago area. The other three studios are significantly smaller and house shows that offer a more intimate feeling.

The Athenaeum Theatre was originally designed and built by German born architect Hermann J Gaul. Gaul, who was born in Germany, would go on to build several Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries throughout the midwest right up until his death in 1949. Considering the area the theatre is located in, the Athenaeum is one of the best theatres to watch a show when you want to have the perfect date night. The theatre is surrounded by several restaurants where locals and tourists can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines, from American, Italian, and French, to Swedish and Turkish delights.

 

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The Athenaeum Theatre has played host to several shows throughout the years, and this season is no different. On stage guests enjoyed through December 4, 2022 the fantastic comedy “Over My Dead Body; Or, How To Distribute Generational Wealth,” helmed by acclaimed director Antonio Fava. 

You have to read this Google reviewers thoughts to understand how we feel: “This venue allowed us to do a production of a play of mine. They were so gracious and amazing. The whole place is a work of art.”

Athenaeum Theatre

2936 N Southport Ave

Chicago, IL 60657

Chicago Theaters: The Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire

Set in the quiet northern suburb of Chicago, the Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire is surrounded by lush greenery, hiking trails and a beautifully landscaped golf course. The theatre is part of the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, which offers not only premium parking for their guests. Guests will also have several restaurants to enjoy either before, or after you take in one of the amazing shows offered at The Marriott Theatre. Whether you’re a local to Chicago, the surrounding areas, or just a tourist, you’ll never run out of excitement when you stay at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.

 

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Originally founded in 1975, the Marriott Theatre was built in a Theatre in the Round style, with the stage being in the center of the room and seats on all sides. This helps to ensure that there isn’t a bad seat in the entire house. The theatre sells nearly 400,000 tickets annually, and in its nearly 50 year lifespan has seen nearly 11 million guests of all ages step through those doors and experience the pure magic of live theatre.