HISTORIC THEATRE TOURS
Tour the magnificent Auditorium Theatre and marvel at the art and architecture of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan.
Tours are available Mondays at 10:30 am and 12 noon and Thursdays at 10:30 am. Tour tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased beginning 30 minutes prior to the tour at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office and in advance at Ticketmaster.
Additional times for group tours (20+) are available by appointment. To schedule a group tour of the Auditorium Theatre, please call (312) 341-2389.
Bart Swindall leads a group on a tour of the Auditorium.
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. They pushed the limits of modern architecture to make the Auditorium the tallest building in Chicago, the first multi-use building ever designed and the most massive modern edifice in the world.
Thanks to multiple restoration and conservation projects, visitors again enjoy the radiant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of 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 Theatre has a past that follows the path of Chicago's history from the Great Chicago Fire and World s Columbian Exposition of 1893 to the present. From opera to rock 'n roll, from political conventions to sporting events, the Auditorium Theatre has played a role in the lives of Chicago citizens for 120 years.
"The greatest room for music and opera in the world - bar none."