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The Loop’s Auditorium Theatre Wins Outstanding Historic Theatre Award

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Posted  3 months ago  in  Guest BlogArts and Culture  by  Lily Oberman

3 MIN READ - Chicago’s own Auditorium Theatre has been named the 2019 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, a national organization that brings together historic theater industry professionals from around the world. The award recognizes the Auditorium for its programs and services, its community impact, and the quality of its restoration and rehabilitation work.


“We’re thrilled to receive this award from the League of Historic American Theatres,” says Rachel Freund, Interim CEO of the Auditorium Theatre. “When the Auditorium first opened, it helped establish Chicago as a world-class city and the Loop as a destination. The theatre continues to significantly contribute to the city’s cultural, historical, and architectural landscape and is a must-see for any visitor to the Loop. The theater’s staff and Board are honored to be recognized for our work.”

Opened on December 9, 1889, The Auditorium celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. The theater is a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Landmark and was built by the legendary architectural duo Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. The theater is internationally-renowned for its beautiful architecture, impeccable acoustics, and excellent sightlines. Throughout its history, the Auditorium has hosted performers and speakers including the Bolshoi Ballet (coming again next June), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Neil Young, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Prince, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and many more.

If you want to experience this Outstanding Historic Theatre, the Auditorium offers Historic Theatre Tours four times a week on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. with the option to purchase drinks, and on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming shows in the 2019-20 Season include Dance for Life, Get Out with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and National Geographic Live’s Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon. To learn more about the theater and its upcoming events, visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.