The Chicago Theatre is one of the most beautiful icons in the city. I never walk down State Street without pausing to look at the bright lights that adorn this great architectural masterpiece. Now, not only can you admire the theater from the outside but now the theater offers guided tours that allows visitors to get a closer look inside. Through September 1, the Chicago Theatre will be giving tours of the building every Monday – Thursday at noon and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.
My mom and I love historic buildings and this tour was right up our alley. We booked a tour and planned a girl’s day out in the city. We began with Peach Sparkle tea from Argo Tea on Randolph and State, conveniently right around the corner from the Chicago Theatre.
The tour guide was incredibly well informed and personable, taking his time to pause for questions as he discussed the history of the 88-year-old building. It was amazing to be able to see the theater completely empty and explore its mysteries. The tour even takes its visitors to the stage where many acclaimed legends have preformed such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Harry Connick Jr. It was overwhelming to be on stage looking out at the vast and elegant theater and thinking about all the great artists that have stood in the same spot.
The tour went just over an hour, leaving time for us to spend the rest of the day shopping at all of the great stores on State Street. I couldn’t imagine a better girl’s day out.
The Chicago Theater tour is $12 and tickets can be purchased online or at the theater. It is a great way to explore some behind the scenes history of Chicago.
– Jaclyn Howard