The grandeur of this place leaves visitors speechless. If your budget allows, buy a ticket so you can appreciate the beautiful auditorium which accommodates up to 3,600 people. Admire the murals, the magnificent stage and the bronze and glass lights. Inaugurated in October 1921, this baroque-style building, which cost 4 million dollars, looks more like a sumptuous palace from a film than a theatre. Its fascinating facade, with the famous illuminated ‘Chicago’ sign is just an aperitif for what you will find in the lobby which was inspired by the Royal Chapel of the Palace at Versailles. After being closed for several years, the authorities prevented its demolition and, after a million-dollar restoration, it opened its doors again on 10th September 1986 with Frank Sinatra on the stage. Since then, its stage has been graced by such artists as Alicia Keys, Oasis, David Letterman, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin. From May to August there are guided tours of the theatre to show visitors the splendid auditorium, the stage and the autograph wall. You can buy tickets and find out what’s on at www.thechicagotheatre.com.
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