The Auditorium Theatre is the crowning achievement of famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. It opened in 1889 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and functional theatres in the world. Its architectural integrity and perfect acoustics are internationally recognized.
Closed at the onset of World War II, the Auditorium Theatre was neglected and abandoned for many years, slipping into oblivion and decay. Through the valiant efforts of Mrs. Beatrice T. Spachner and a group of dedicated civic leaders, an independent council was formed to raise funds to restore the Theatre to much of its original splendor. Thanks to their efforts, the Theatre reopened in October 1967.
The Auditorium Theatre is proud to be the resident home of The Joffrey Ballet. Other recent presentations at the Auditorium include The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Eifman Ballet, Wilco, REM, Bob Dylan, The Producers and Movin' Out. The Auditorium Theatre is also extremely proud to have hosted the national tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera,Miss Saigon and the epic musical Show Boat.
Currently, the Auditorium hosts a variety of events, from dance to music, from Broadway to rock concerts. Keeping true to Adler and Sullivan's vision, the Auditorium Theatre truly does welcome all of Chicago.
The theatre, created to hold up to 4,200 audience members, today can hold 3,877people during a single performance.