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Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

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The Auditorium Building in Chicago is one of the best-known designs of Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler. Completed in 1889, the building is located at the northwest corner of South Michigan Avenue and Congress Street (now Ida B. Wells Drive). The building was designed to be a multi-use complex, including offices, a theater, and a hotel. As a young apprentice, Frank Lloyd Wright worked on some of the interior design.

The Auditorium Theatre is part of the Auditorium Building and is located at 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive. The theater was the first home of the Chicago Civic Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It currently hosts the season performances of the Joffrey Ballet.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1970. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975, and was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1976. In addition, it is a historic district contributing property for the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. Since 1947, the Auditorium Building has been part of Roosevelt University.
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  • My Wife had always wanted to see The Nutcracker and I was able to grant her wish... All seven members of our Family were there and really enjoyed a special night. BTW, the Hot Cocoa is great with...  more »
  • It is a classic piece of architecture designed by Louis Sullivan. So much gold leaf on the walls. Probably the best acoustic s of any auditorium in the country. Really a visual treat to behold. We saw the opening night of the Joffrey ballet company production of Jane Eyre. The performance was sold out. Alcoholic beverages were sold during the intermission in the lobby. I recommend public transportation. Parking is expensive. Taxi if you are dressed for the occasion. Near by is Orchestra Hall another architectural gem.
  • I had season tickets to the Joffrey for six years and always enjoyed the performances, until I got a seat right behind someone who completely blocked my view, and then I realized that the slope of the floor really isn't steep enough in the mid section. Also, I sat through a King Crimson concert realizing that the chairs are so extremely uncomfortable I could scream.Sure, the theater is pretty and the acoustics are great, but if you can't be comfortable, or see the stage, the rest of it is no fun.

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