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Chicago: Venues

Chicago Venues: Venues Around Chicago

Below are our Chicago Venues recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, venue history and other points of interest in Chicago Art.

Auditorium Theatre

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

The historic Auditorium Theater has been a nexus in Chicago’s vibrant cultural scene for over 120 years.  Built in the late 19th century by architects Adler and Sullivan (with help from a young draftsman named Frank Lloyd Wright), the Auditorium Building has been the base of operations for a number of Chicago’s major cultural organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Association, and the Chicago Conservatory of Music and …more…

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

The Cultural Center is one of Chicago’s most visited and venerated venues for public gatherings and cultural events. In 1893 the building opened to house Chicago’s first central public library, an architectural marvel designed to display Chicago’s rising status as a booming metropolis.

One major attraction in the Center’s impressive neoclassical structure is the pair of stained glass domes on the building’s North and South sides. Each containing tens of thousands …more…

Elastic Arts Foundation

Elastic Arts Foundation

The Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) is a collective of artists that has worked together since 1998 to foster the arts community in Chicago’s Logan Square area. It has become one of the foremost grassroots arts organizations in world, committed to producing innovative events and aiding the development of non-conventional artists and art forms in an intimate environment without the impedance of commercial boundaries.

Originally based in the “Spice Factory” building on …more…


Ravinia (Highland Park, IL)

(June-September) With its long history, beautiful atmosphere, and a yearly roster full of great performing artists in all genres (Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, etc), Ravinia has become a beloved tradition for many Chicago-area residents. To some, who set their picnic tables with candelabras and feasts fit for the gods, it’s nearly sacred. ...more...