175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Built in 1921 as a movie house, when it was originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, this cultural landmark (which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979) is the state's go-to venue for plays, music performances, magic and comedy shows, and even speeches. Known for its beautiful French Baroque interior, complete with a grand staircase and ceiling murals in the auditorium, the Chicago Theatre was nicknamed "the Wonder Theatre of the World" upon opening for good reason - especially considering it was the prototype for theaters that came after it.
Some of the world's biggest stars have graced the stage, including Arcade Fire, Ellen DeGeneres, Dolly Parton, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Jack Benny, and Oasis.