Open House Chicagopresented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Venue: Auditorium Theatre
A National Historic Landmark, the Auditorium Theatre is known internationally for its perfect acoustics, innovative architecture and stunning design. The famous architectural firm of Adler and Sullivan designed this 4,200 seat theatre in 1889 using modern technology including electric lighting and air conditioning. Thanks to multiple restoration and conservation projects, visitors again enjoy the radiant 24-karat gold leaded ceiling arches, Sullivan’s beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, ornate gilded and bas-relief designs, and the endless floor and wall mosaics and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury. The Auditorium’s elegance stirs creative spirits in performers and patrons alike. It is a place of refinement—a place of elegance, artistry, entertainment and education. A building where legends have been born…and made.
Behind the Scenes Access: Visit the historic mechanical room that controlled the opening and closing of the balcony ceiling and more.
Architect(s): Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler