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Legendary Chicago Theatre Offers Backstage Tour

The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour is a "Must-See" Chicago Attraction

 

New York, NY (March 2, 2010) - The Chicago Theatre, also known as "The Wonder Theatre of the World" is proud to offer The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour for all Chicago patrons and visitors. This behind-the-scenes tour is a "must-see" Chicago attraction for guests to experience the legendary venue, where many of the world's greatest entertainers have graced the stage and delighted audiences for over 88 years!

"The Chicago Theatre is a beloved destination for both entertainment fans and stars. The legendary venue has played host to a wide variety of celebrated silent films and movies, world class theatre productions, sold-out concerts, side-splitting comedy shows, and special events," said David Carlucci, vice president and general manager of The Chicago Theatre. "We are thrilled to offer The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at this historical theatre."

The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour is a one-hour walking tour that highlights the beautiful historical and architectural detailing of the legendary venue, including the grand lobby and majestic auditorium. Visitors will also be invited backstage where some of the world's brightest stars have graced the stage and autographed the dressing room walls and corridors, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Dean Martin and Beyonce. Tour guides will share stories and antedoctes about the visionaries who first opened The Chicago Theatre and whose influence on popular entertainment is still recognized today. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to view the large-scale photo exhibit in The Chicago Theatre's lower lobby, 'Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres.

Located in the heart of the Loop's theatre district, The Chicago Theatre is a historic landmark that opened in 1921 as a lavish movie palace. Built in French Baroque style, the venue's exterior features a miniature replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe, sculpted above its State Street marquee. The grand lobby is modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles and surrounded by gallery promenades at the mezzanine and balcony levels. The grand staircase is patterned after the Paris Opera House and ascends to the Great Balcony. The 3,600-seat auditorium is seven stories high, more than one-half of a city block wide, and nearly as long. The vertical sign "C-H-I-C-A-G-O," at nearly six stories high, is a symbol of State Street and Chicago.

Don't miss the chance to take The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour and experience this iconic and impressive theatre up close and personal. The Chicago Theatre Marquee tour is approximately one hour and runs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at noon until March 31st. April 1–September 1, the tour runs Monday – Thursday at noon and Saturdays at 11am and 12:30pm.

Ticket Information
Tickets may be purchased at The Chicago Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and $10 for private group of 10 or more. Contact The Chicago Theatre Tour Department at (312)462-6318 for special group rates. Tour content and prices are subject to change without notice. (Stage and backstage access restricted based on performance schedule)

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