The Chicago Theatre is a national landmark and has served 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. The 3,600-seat venue was designed in the French Baroque style by architects Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp and is the oldest surviving example of this architectural style in Chicago today. The illustrious "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" marquee is one of the few such signs in existence today.
Today, The Chicago Theatre has become a highly attractive destination for concerts, comedy shows and other live events, hosting a wide range of entertainers such as Bob Dylan, Conan O’Brien, The Allman Brothers, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Van Morrison, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick Jr, Ellen DeGeneres, Prince, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin. The Chicago Theatre is the eighth highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the world, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2012 end of year rankings.