Guided tour

The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

From US$ 18 per person

Go behind the scenes of Chicago's most-photographed venue. Admire up-close the grandiose architecture and walk the footsteps of its famous performers.

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Duration 1 hour
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Admire the landmark six-story “C-H-I-C-A-G-O” sign and marquee
  • Marvel at the grand and beautifully preserved architecture and painted murals
  • Learn about the history of the building, from its origins as a movie theater to a premiere events venue
  • See what the performers see, and feel what it might be like to perform for such a large audience
Full description
Explore the grandeur of The Chicago Theatre, which opened in 1921, on a 1-hour guided tour. Your guide will accompany you through the elegant lobby, sweeping staircase and the majestic auditorium, which is complete with murals above the stage and on the ceiling. During your visit, you will get access to various sections of the seven-story, 3,600-seat auditorium and an intimate view of the 29-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, the first musical instrument having attained a city landmark status.  Next, view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and many more. You will finish your tour on a high and feeling like a star as you get the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage. Once called “the Wonder Theatre of the World”, the Chicago Theatre hosts over 175 events a year, bringing together the world’s brightest stars and greatest productions.
  • Licensed guide
  • Entrance fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    •  Tour content is subject to change based on events in the building
    •  There is no stage or dressing room access on concert days
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    Great tour, appreciate hearing and seeing historical accounts and changes. It was a disappointment To not to be able to go up on stage. We were not allowed, since there was a show that evening. I suggest the website be updated to indicate activities that may not be part of the tour.

    February 25, 2020

    Excellent place

    March 9, 2020

    February 29, 2020

    Product ID: 272387