It's a landmark in Chicago, in particular the "Chicago" signage on the outside that tourists love to take photos off. It's probably the one sign that is synonymous to Chicago for me and the one that was always on my bucketlist for the Windy City. If you can, take in a show at the theater, if not be sure to take the tour to get a sneak peek into how grand this historical landmark really is. Day or night, the "Chicago" sign is the perfect photo opp, so make sure and take both!
The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a modern theater in a seven-storey building in the Navy Pier leisure area. Besides Shakespearean stage productions, the theater hosts all types of works, including musical performances. It is characterized by its modern facilities and flexible performance spaces, which allow all types of shows for all types of audiences. The building that houses has a glass front and is completely contemporary in its aesthetic.
Although not as easily recognizable as the Chicago Theater, Cadillac Palace is one of the great classical venues of the city. Its marquee and logo are equally striking and evoke the golden age of Broadway. The Cadillac began in 1926 as a vaudeville hall and was soon converted to harbor the newly invented screenings of films. Currently, it returns to work as a theater room and gives a programming class. Although the exterior decoration suggests art-deco, the inside is decorated in a French Baroque style inspired by Versailles.
This Chicago-based theater company was created in the late 80's as a non-profit organization. Their productions have received numerous awards, but the most interesting thing about the group is the physical space in which their productions are staged: the former pumping station on Michigan Avenue, opposite the Water Tower. The decorative elements of the building, one of the few survivors of the great fire of Chicago, are reminiscent of a medieval castle...a striking vision in one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world.
This spectacular theatre group usually brings their theater performances all over the city, but will have occasion performances at their new home by Chinatown on the south side of Chicago! (Lunatique, Winter Pageant)
They focus on the obscure and creative. They are the definition of "outside the box." It is worth it to see a show of theirs. It is hard to walk away without a big smile on your face. They have performances focused on puppeteers, acrobats, actors, and musicians.
I would highly suggest visiting the website before your stay in Chicago and checking out when any performances are and where they are and forming your day around that. You won't want to miss this Spectacle!