The historic Chicago Theatre has had some of the most famous acts and artists take the stage since it first opened its doors in 1921, and it will be just as exciting when the curtain rises for Joan Rivers on Friday, November 14, 2014. Be in the know about seating, transportation, what to bring, concessions, and more by brushing up on pertinent venue information below.
Chicago Theatre Seating Information
The Chicago Theatre is an historic venue in downtown Chicago that houses over 2,600 seats in the auditorium and is home to a wide variety of events; among the most popular are comedy, theatre, and concert productions.
The layout starts with sections 4L, 4R and 3R in the orchestra pit closest to the stage, and is followed by 1L-4L on the left side of the stage and 1R-4R on the right side of the stage with the higher numbers towards the center. The mezzanine level consists of mezzanine boxes A-Z and is accompanied by booths labeled F-T slightly behind the first row. The balcony also provides guests with a slew of seating options, with section 4 down the middle with 1L-3L and 1R-3R on decreasing on both sides of it. There are additional boxes on the sides of the balcony, with 1-9 on the left and 10-18 on the right side. Row AA is closest to the front in the loge seating, and row A is the first row in the balcony seating. Keep in mind that the Chicago Theatre will time out late seating so that any late arrivals do not disrupt other people in the audience, and it may take longer for tardy guests to be seated.
Note: Seating on the right side has odd numbers and the left side has even numbers, but unless otherwise noted with the listing, all seats will be side by side.
Chicago Theatre General Information
Smoking is not permitted inside the Chicago Theatre, but patrons are welcome to exit the building to smoke. However, each ticket must be scanned upon exiting in order to re-enter the venue. Large bags are also not allowed at the Chicago Theatre, and there is a bag and coat check at the front for any parcels deemed too big to bring inside. Video cameras, tripods, audio recorders, and cameras with professional lenses will not be permitted, and this is strictly enforced by staff. Disposable cameras and small, personal cameras with no zoom or telephoto lens will be allowed, but in some cases may be prohibited along with flash photography. Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the theater, but there will be food and drinks available for purchase inside. In addition to the previously listed items, signs, banners, bottles, and cans also will be prohibited at the Chicago Theatre.
Chicago Theatre Parking Information
Parking is available in garages surrounding the Chicago Theatre, but due to its prime location, fees tend to be costly. Chicago does have very accessible public transit via the CTA red, brown, green and orange lines. Buses also run to the Chicago Theatre, including #29, 36, 62, 145, and 146.
Chicago Theatre Gate Times
The doors to the Chicago Theatre open one hour before events are scheduled to start.
Chicago Theatre Accessibility
The Chicago Theatre is completely accessible for those in need of special accommodations. Please contact the venue prior to the show with any questions regarding seating and any other special ADA services needed.