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Special Events in Chicago

Special Events in Chicago

This events guide features all the information we have on events in Chicago. The guide covers theatres featured on this website so you may wish to check local listings for any additional theatre tours available in Chicago. Enjoy your event!



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** CANCELED ** Theatre Tour

** CANCELED ** Theatre Tour

ongoing, various days and times

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Go behind the scenes of this National Historic Landmark, built by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, and view it as few do. Enjoy the radiant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of Sullivan’s beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, ornate gilded and bas-relief designs, and the endless floor and wall mosaics and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury.

The general tour schedule is: Mondays: 10:30am and Noon, Tuesdays: 5:30pm, Thursdays: 10:30am, however this is subject to change. Check the event website for the latest schedule.

Tour: $12 per person; Tour + Water or Soda: $15 per person; Tour + Beer or Wine: $20 per person (Tuesdays only).

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** CANCELED ** Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

** CANCELED ** Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

12pm daily

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Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!

Tours run daily at 12pm and are one hour long. Ticket Prices: Adults: $18, Students & Military (valid ID required): $13, Children (12 & under) & Seniors (65 and older): $13. Groups (10+): For more information on group tickets, call (312) 462-6332.

Tour content, prices, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

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** CANCELED ** Theatre Tour

** CANCELED ** Theatre Tour

Saturdays at 11am

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Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11am. Each tour visits two of our three theatres: the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

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The Art Deco Nutcracker

The Art Deco Nutcracker

5th to 6th December 2020, Times TBA

Set in 1920s America, Kremnev’s “The Art Deco Nutcracker”, featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favorite. The Chicago Tribune has described it as “A glossy rendition filled with gorgeous, glitzy costumes” and The Cincinnati Enquire writes that Kremnev has “brought dance to a whole new level”.

“The Art Deco Nutcracker” is Kremnev’s eighth full-length ballet. His work has been presented at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland, among other prestigious venues across the globe. The Huffington Post describes his choreography as “encompassing the best and brilliance of what movement can be while breaking boundaries of what we know”.

A glossy rendition filled with “gorgeous, glitzy costumes” and an “impressive cast" (The Chicago Tribune).

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