Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presents over 200 concerts annually featuring the best of classical, jazz, world, chamber, and pop music. Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Performing in over 150 concerts each year, the CSO's talented musicians are the driving force behind the ensemble's famous sound heard on best-selling recordings as well as in performances in Chicago and on tour throughout the United States and around the globe. In addition, Symphony Center Presents brings leading touring ensembles, chamber music, piano recitals and jazz performances to the stage of Orchestra Hall. Discover what’s on at cso.org and see music’s brightest stars from classical to jazz light up the stage at Orchestra Hall.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Adams/Wabash • 2 min walk
  • Monroe • 4 min walk
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  • Linda M
    Guilford, New York80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Music in the air, nice
    The hall, the music, the staff, the musicians - everything came together for a great evening out and it doesn't need to be expensive. We had tickets in an upper balcony-the acoustics were very good, although the stairs are very steep. I recommend going every chance you get.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 October 2023
  • ILona B
    Chicago, Illinois260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made my Holiday Season
    Second Visit and this place never disappoints. Everyone is nice, helpful and makes sure you have a great experience. Sat in the upper balcony but the sound and performance was spectacular. Stairs are steep…but doable.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful music venue. Highly recommend!
    We went to hear Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra. The building is beautiful and the acoustics are crystal clear. It was a wonderful evening. I will definitely return and recommend to any music lover. This is a lovely venue.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
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Medha
Lisle, IL34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The building was very pretty, and the music could be heard clearly. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was my thing, but it's really not. Also, the conductor was so good!!
Written 12 June 2024
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to hear Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra. The building is beautiful and the acoustics are crystal clear. It was a wonderful evening. I will definitely return and recommend to any music lover. This is a lovely venue.
Written 25 April 2024
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The_Indy_Traveler
Fort Wayne, IN240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I attended the Makaya McCraven event and it was wonderful! The audio was perfect. The ushers were very helpful and kind except for one female usher who, in a very snarky manner, called my friend "desperate" because she asked to used the restroom on the Box 2nd level. Even though the event was over, she told us the restrooms were for Box Seat ticket holders. Mind you the ushers on the 3rd level specifically TOLD US WE COULD USE THE RESTROOM ON THE 2ND FLOOR RIGHT OFF THE STAIRCASE TO OUR LEFT. To say the least, that was insulting, condescending, unnecessary and down right rude. However, she did not ruin or overshadow the wonderful experience I had that evening. I will return to the Symphony Center but I hope I don't run into her again.
Written 22 January 2024
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ILona B
Chicago, IL260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Second Visit and this place never disappoints. Everyone is nice, helpful and makes sure you have a great experience. Sat in the upper balcony but the sound and performance was spectacular. Stairs are steep…but doable.
Written 13 December 2023
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Linda M
Guilford, NY80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The hall, the music, the staff, the musicians - everything came together for a great evening out and it doesn't need to be expensive. We had tickets in an upper balcony-the acoustics were very good, although the stairs are very steep.
I recommend going every chance you get.
Written 25 October 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I'll never forget the first time I listened to a concert in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. It was Andre Segovia, the incomparable Spanish guitarist, and the hall lived up to its billing as an acoustical marvel, the finest complex of its kind this side of Salt Lake City's Mormon Tabernacle. Located at 220 South Michigan Avenue, Orchestra Hall was built in 1904. Designed by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, the elegant 2,522-seat venue was earmarked as a home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which had previously performed in the larger Auditorium Theater. Today, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is universally regarded as one of the premier symphony orchestras in the world and Orchestra Hall is part of a music complex that also includes Buntrock Hall, a rehearsal and performance space, Grainger Ballroom and Opus restaurant and cafe. From 1907 to 1996, the ninth-floor penthouse served as the home of the Cliff Dwellers Club. Aside from musical concerts and piano recitals, the hall also has hosted lectures by such notables as Harry Houdini, Amelia Earhart, Bertrand Russell and Orson Welles. Season tickets are as cherished as as hard to obtain as the Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. Orchestra Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.
Written 31 October 2020
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Northern Traveler
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Christmas concert was wonderful. Combination of orchestra and chorus was beautiful. Audience participation was fun.
Written 31 March 2020
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RCPUNJABI
Chicago, IL59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Cool venue, great music, friendly staff. A Chicago staple experience, go check out a show here and you won't be disappointed.
Written 11 February 2020
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springbreakdad54
New York City, NY135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Symphony Center is spotless, bright, and elegant. The Chicago Orchestra is outstanding. The show was fun, educational (for those with little classical music background), and brought a smile to everyone watching. Worth the price!
Written 21 December 2019
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Irina
United States13,374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's really impossible to overestimate the greatest cultural impact of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center on the cultural life of this vibrant city.

Long time ago, we saw the legendary Daniel Barenboim conducting and - at the same time! - performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You never forget events like this. The audience was breathless.

The upcoming year 2020 is going to be culturally very memorable for Symphony Orchestra, performing various concerts and series to commemorate the 250th Birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the orchestra itself is going to celebrate its 130th Anniversary. What a year for classical music! What a year for Chicago Symphony Orchestra and for its guests, performers, supporters - for everybody in the world.

The building of Symphony Center (opened in 1997) is very impressive, it has an additional rehearsal space, a nice restaurant, and also an interactive education center.

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra is located in the Loop area of the city, at 220 S Michigan Ave - in the center of many cultural activities, that attract visitors from all over the world.
Written 17 December 2019
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