Chicago >Auditorium Theatre
Great Concert Venue.
I have been to quite a few concerts at the Auditorium and each of these have been nothing short of amazing. The venue is just personal enough that you feel like you are hanging out with the band, and just big enough where your ears aren’t ringing from the acoustics for the next few days.
Many of the bands I have seen here have been old personal favorites (Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie Vedder…), so in general the concerts here are put on by those who favor a more intimate environment.
If that is not enough, the architecture and décor of the theater will stimulate your senses until its time to sit back and enjoy the show. Conveniently located in Chicago’s Loop, it is easy to get to, and a great area to be in before and after the show.
This enormous but still beautiful theater has been a downtown jewel since it opened in 1889..
Though massive in size and scale, the theater has an aura of European elegance. The lobby is dimly lit and spacious, with a concession island in the center. The theater itself also has low lighting (making playbill reading a challenge), but the many tiny lights above and around the seating evoke a beautiful star-filled evening. The main floor extends back a considerable distance--binoculars are recommended past about the 30th row. For the most popular events the theater will make available all 3,661 seats--although anyone with a fear of heights is advised to avoid the second balcony and gallery.
The theater occasionally hosts touring Broadway shows like "Les Misérables" and "The Phantom of the Opera" as well as acclaimed dance companies like Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Its annual presentation of the Joffrey Ballet's "Nutcracker" has become a Chicago institution.
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