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Riviera Theatre, Chicago

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#145 of 159 in Nightlife in Chicago
Completed in 1917 by architects George and C.W. Rapp (Rapp & Rapp), it was built as a movie theater for the Balaban & Katz chain.

Located in Chicago’s historic Uptown theater district, at the intersection of Racine, Broadway and Lawrence the Riviera Theatre is a central part of the Chicago’s past and present. Transformed into a private nightclub in 1986, the Riviera Theatre is now one of Chicago’s premier concert and special events venues.
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  • Not good if you need any accommodations for disabilities. I’m Deaf, and was really looking forward to seeing an artist who I love. The theatre’s website didn’t have a spot to place a request for accessibility. It was “call, but only on show days”. I finally was able to find an email to contact someone of some sorts. They said they would place a request. I Followed up to ask if they got someone or not. No response. When I showed up and asked the manager apologized and offered a refund but I had traveled hours to get there. I wasn’t going to make my friend leave with me. Even though I was with a friend who knew sign, they aren’t trained to interpret these shows. They didn’t go to 4+ years of school for it. It just hurt to take off work & class, spend money for tickets, wait hours in line to get a good spot and not be able to get the same experience as everyone else. It hurt to look at the artist I absolutely adored and not being able to know what she was saying to us. But I spent loads of money when I could have stayed home and listened to her music with a good bass.
  • Came to see Brittnay Howard's album release concert. Had never been and didn't know what to expect, our seats were in the balcony and was happy to find that the venue is not too large so most seats seem to be good seats. The sound was awesome and made the experience that much better!

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