Visiting Chicago? Visit the Chicago Theatre!

Visiting Chicago? Visit the Chicago Theatre!

When you want an incredible Chicago experience, whether you are visiting the city as a tourist or enjoying all it has to offer as a resident, there are two opportunities you cannot miss.

The Chicago Theatre Sign

Start your day with a Shoreline Sightseeing tour. These tours have been showcasing Chicago from the water since 1939. With both shoreline views as you cruise along Lake Michigan and architectural history as you glide up the Chicago River, there is a Shoreline boat cruise to fit how you define fun.

After you disembark from your tour, make your way to the Chicago theater district and catch a show at the famous and splendid Chicago Theatre.

History of the Chicago Theatre

Construction finished on the Chicago Theatre in October 1921 and the most splendid movie theatre this city had ever seen opened its doors. “The Wonder Theatre of the World” cost around $4 million dollars to build and is modeled after a French Baroque style. It can seat around 3,600 patrons. The premiere event at this theatre was a showing of “The Sign on the Door” starring Norma Talmadge and the Chicago Theatre featured it with a live, fifty-piece orchestra, including an in-house Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Transition to Live Venue

After business slowed, the theatre was closed in 1985 then purchased by the Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates in 1986 and rescued from demolition. It underwent renovations and reopened primarily as a live event venue, with a gala opening performance by Frank Sinatra. Other famous and diverse artists have graced its stage such as Diana Ross, Arcade Fire, Harry Connick Jr., Prince, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, and Robin Williams.

Visiting the Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre still hosts some of the most exceptional live performances in the city. When you plan your day on the town, be sure to check and see what shows are upcoming. If you cannot make an evening event, tours of the theatre are also available. On a tour, see the Chicago Theatre from the stage and backstage as well.

Contact Shoreline Sightseeing Today

At Shoreline Sightseeing, we want you to have an incredible experience of Chicago. Be sure to contact us to schedule a boat tour, and we would be happy to tell you more about options to fill your day after you take the city in from one of our ships. Call us today at 312.222.9328!