Explore the Loop’s Historic Auditorium Theatre
The Auditorium Theatre is one of Chicago’s very own National Historic Landmarks, one that has been an anchor for the Loop’s entertainment district since 1889. Known for its perfect acoustics, impressive architecture, and diverse programming, there’s no better way to see behind the scenes, and experience the beauty and history of the Auditorium than by taking a historic theatre tour.
On these tours, visitors get a chance to learn all about the 128-year-old theatre through the decades. Hear the story of how architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler brought Ferdinand Peck’s vision of a “Theatre for the People” to life, and learn other fun facts about the theatre along the way. For example, did you know that the theatre’s stage was once converted into a bowling alley for WWII soldiers? You’ll also get to admire the beautiful art embedded into the design of the theatre, such as the 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of restored stencil patterns and the endless floor and wall mosaics.
Historic theatre tours are offered throughout the week on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can now enjoy beverages – beer, wine, soda or water–while taking in the sights of the beautiful theatre. If you’re looking for more fun nearby, the Auditorium Theatre is just a short walk from extraordinary restaurants, shops, museums and parks in the Loop.
The historic Auditorium Theatre tour is a must-add to your Loop list! Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once called it “the greatest room for music and opera in the world.” Tours are $12 (tour only), $15 (includes water or soda), or $20 (includes beer or wine) and can be purchased here. Experience this National Historic Landmark for yourself and sign up for a tour today.