Events Listing

National Landmark Backstage Tours
Sunday June 23, 2024 - Wednesday August 28, 2024

Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes view to learn about the secrets and stories that make our theatre unique! Explore this national historic landmark designed by famed architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler like never before. Be awed by taking a closer look at the brilliant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches and the beautifully restored artwork throughout our building. Auditorium Theatre is also able to accommodate private tours for larger groups. If you would like to have a private backstage tour, please fill out this form. Tours are approximately 80-90 minutes in length. 

Future Islands with special guest Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Friday June 28, 2024

From their start, Future Islands have been singular and instantly identifiable. Samuel T. Herring’s life-worn croons and cries backlit by Gerrit Welmers’ melodies and charged by the rhythms of William Cashion and Michael Lowry. There’s a pain and a joy in Herring’s voice that’s only been rivaled by their legendary live performances. Future Islands have played nearly 1,500 shows – shows that have bruised bodies, frayed vocal cords, provided escapes for audiences, and healed their messengers. Future Islands will be performing with special guest Ed Schrader’s Music Beat.

Devil's Ball 2024
Friday July 26, 2024

It is time for you to be the main character of your own story. And what better way to romanticize your life than standing under the iridescent golden lights that surround our stage?

Come escape into the world of the Auditorium Theatre on July 26 for our annual Devil’s Ball party where you can dance away the night in a theatre with a history that is as rich, dynamic, and alluring as any legend you’ve ever heard. You don’t want to miss out on this magical evening of entertainment, cocktails, food, music, prizes, historical tours and more! Perhaps you will find out why we say, if our walls could talk, they would sing — but only if you’re willing to be captivated.

All proceeds go to restoring and preserving our Historic Landmark Theatre. Can't make it but want to support Devil's Ball? Click here to donate.

“GOTILO” Aditya Gadhvi Live in Concert
Saturday July 27, 2024

Catch the ‘Khalasi’ hitmaker blend traditional folk music with contemporary elements at this enthralling concert. Get set for a musical journey that transcends cultural boundaries and resonates with audiences from across the nation! ‘Aditya Gadhvi Live’ promises to be a unique and captivating experience that blends traditional folk music with elements of contemporary music. Led by the versatile Aditya Gadhvi who is known for his soulful voice and mastery of folk genres, the performance will also feature 15+ musicians. Hailing from Gujarat, Aditya Gadhvi is a playback singer and lyricist who has given numerous chart-topping songs in several Indian languages, with his song ‘Khalasi’ performed on Coke Studio taking India and the world by storm!

Tuesday July 30, 2024

Japanese rock band FLOW, known for countless anime song contributions, has announced the band's largest-ever and first five-continent tour in its history- “FLOW WORLD TOUR- ANIME SHIBARI 2024-2025” The tour title "ANIME SHIBARI" meaning “Anime-only” in Japanese, denotes that they will only perform the numerous songs that FLOW has contributed to Japanese animation. Many of FLOW's most popular songs will be performed, including songs from "NARUTO," "Code Geass," "Dragon Ball Z," and more.

Stuff You Should Know Live
Wednesday August 7, 2024

Stuff You Should Know is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, Stuff You Should Know has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie(r) dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax and so on and so on, totaling more than 800 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday. So far, SYSK has had over 15 BILLION downloads by listeners around the world.

Chicago Dance Health Fund Presents: Dance For Life 2024
Saturday August 10, 2024

Dance for Life is a one-of-a-kind annual performance and benefit event that has showcased more than 50 Chicago-based dance companies, as well as numerous choreographers, artists, and designers for the past 33 years. The celebratory performance funds grantmaking through the Chicago Dance Health Fund, and those who participate graciously donate their time, energy, and artistry. The complete lineup includes returning companies Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Visceral Dance Chicago. Making their Dance for Life debuts are Ballet 5:8, Praize Productions, and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Choreographing the finale, performed by dancers from throughout the Chicago area, is Jonathan Alsberry, featuring original music by Ira Antelis.

Sigur Rós with The Wordless Orchestra
Saturday September 21, 2024

Off the back of their acclaimed 2023 album, ÁTTA, Sigur Rós is embarking on a brand new US tour this fall. For their return trip to the Auditorium Theatre, the Icelandic post-rock band will be joined by the Wordless Music Orchestra, a 41-piece orchestra from New York City. Sigur Rós is known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and their use of bowed guitar. Sigur Rós incorporate classical and minimal aesthetic elements. Jónsi's vocals are sung in Icelandic and non-linguistic vocalisations the band terms Vonlenska. They have released eight studio albums, and attracted critical and commercial attention with their second album Ágætis byrjun.

AIR - Play Moon Safari
Tuesday October 8, 2024

Legendary French duo AIR will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Moon Safari at the Auditorium Theatre on October 8. Similar to their recent European tour, which sold out in record time, AIR will be playing their widely celebrated album in its entirety for the first time ever. The show will also offer a variety of different VIP packages and experiences for fans to take their concert experience to the next level. Packages vary but include premium tickets, official tour poster, vouchers to the concession stands, exclusive merchandise & more. For more information, visit AIR’s boundary-pushing album has long been praised for its innovative sonics that have inspired countless musicians to think outside the box, so much so that their influence even transcended their own medium. Since Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel formed the band in 1995, the prolific duo has released six albums in addition to their acclaimed EP Premiers Symptômes, which was followed by the release of the aforementioned classic Moon Safari along with two soundtracks that all together sold millions of copies. AIR garnered an extensive list of worldwide accolades for their unique brand of downtempo electronic music that not only sculpted the sound for the next generation of electronic-influenced pop music but also was able to withstand the test of time in its own right.

Sonic Symphony
Saturday October 12, 2024

Get ready to run down memory lane at Sonic speed! Sonic Symphony is an immersive live experience that celebrates more than three decades of music from SEGA’s iconic mascot. From the classic 8-bit and 16-bit tunes to rock bands and EDM, this concert will take you on a musical journey through the colorful world of Sonic the Hedgehog. Relive your favorite Sonic moments, brought to life by a symphony orchestra and rock band. Sonic Symphony will be an electrifying tribute to the music that has defined generations of gamers, old and new. Don’t miss the chance to experience the sounds of Sonic like never before! Presented by MGP Live

Step Afrika!
Saturday October 19, 2024

Feel the rhythm of the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping that has been hailed as “ingenious and intuitive” (The New York Times) in a one-of-a-kind performance that will have audiences on their feet! Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe and ranking as one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the US. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Sting – 3.0 Tour
Monday October 28, 2024 - Saturday November 2, 2024

The Auditorium Theatre is excited to bring the STING 3.0 Tour to Chicago! In Sting’s distinguished career, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has received 17 GRAMMY Awards® and sold 100 million albums worldwide from his combined work as one of the most distinctive solo artists in the world and former front man of The Police. A composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author and activist, Sting also has received a Golden Globe, four Oscar nominations, a Tony nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award and Kennedy Center Honors. UPDATE: ELEW has been added as support for Sting 3.0 Tour.  

Bram Stoker's Dracula in Concert
Saturday November 9, 2024

This will be the North American premiere of this production. Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematographic retelling of Bram Stoker’s novel became a box office hit in 1992, crowned by three Academy Awards. Its fresh and bold conceptual energy turned the movie into the most influential vampire film in decades. A film whose opulence and sense of spectacle triggered a whole new wave of contemporary horror films. One of the film’s strengths was coming back to Bram Stoker’s original novel instead of adapting the more popular theater play from the 1920s. Now, for ONE-NIGHT-ONLY, experience the North American Premiere of Bram Stoker's Dracula in Concert. 110 musicians from Chicago Philharmonic, accompanied by a full choir, bring Wojciech Kilar's haunting score to life in sync with the film. Saturday, November 9, 2024, at Auditorium Theatre. Polish composer Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), one of the most respected European composers of the last decades, was chosen to write the original score. As Coppola did in 1 972 when he approached Italian composer Nino Rota to score THE GODFATHER, the surprising choice of Wojciech Kilar would break all musical of the genre. Belonging to the generation of Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Górecki, Kilar’s glorious score dwells between lush romanticism, mysticism and avantgarde. Although Kilar had written dozens of soundtracks for European films before, it is BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA that ensures his position in the pantheon of film music legends. This event is rated R. Contains some adult material. Under 17 years old requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Click here for more information about tickets and subscriptions to the Auditorium Philms Concert Series.

Amos Lee with Chicago Philharmonic
Wednesday November 20, 2024

On his eleventh studio album, Transmissions, singer-songwriter Amos Lee continues to expand his sonic range while sharpening his closely observed lyrics that squarely address death, aging, and love. The force behind such acclaimed albums as Mission Bell and Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, ever since his gold-selling 2005 debut Lee has been known for his association with a long list of collaborators and touring partners, from Paul Simon to Zac Brown Band. Joined by the Chicago Philharmonic, Amos Lee will be performing with a full orchestra for the first time ever in Chicago.

An Evening Conversation with Ina Garten
Thursday November 21, 2024

Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) is the author of thirteen bestselling cookbooks, a beloved Food Network personality, Instagram sensation, and cultural icon, with millions of followers in the US and abroad. She is the host of Be My Guest and Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and Max, for which she has won five Emmy Awards and three James Beard Awards. In Fall 2024 Ina Garten will publish her long-awaited memoir Be Ready When the Luck Happens (Crown / Penguin Random House, OCT 2024). For the first time Ina Garten will present an intimate, entertaining, and inspiring account of her remarkable journey, sharing her personal story with readers hungry for a seat at her table. In this intimate evening conversation (live onstage), Ina Garten will discuss and elaborate on the themes also in her new memoir: from a difficult childhood to meeting the love of her life, Jeffrey, and marrying him while still in college, from a boring bureaucratic job in Washington, DC to answering an ad for a specialty food store in the Hamptons, from the owner of one Barefoot Contessa shop to author of bestselling cookbooks and celebrated television host, Ina Garten has blazed her own trail and, in the meantime, taught millions of people how to cook and entertain. Note: Designated seats in the Price Level 1 and Price Level 2 seating sections include a pre-signed copy of Ina’s new book.  Hovering over the seat in will show which seats include the book. Pre-Order your copy of Ina Garten’s highly anticipated new book, Be Ready When The Luck Happens. Show Host: Maile Carpenter

Bored Teachers: The Struggle Is Real! Comedy Tour
Saturday November 23, 2024

Bored Teachers are BACK with all new material on their “The Struggle is Real!” Comedy Tour. For years, Bored Teachers Studios has brought a sense of humor to teachers around the world to ease their daily struggle in the classroom. They’ve amassed over a billion views on their viral videos on social media, over 10 million followers, and the #1 ranked teacher- comedy podcast—#6 of all Stand Up Comedy shows on Apple Podcasts. Since 2022, Bored Teachers has been selling out comedy clubs and major theatres across 49 states, bringing laughter to over 150,000 teachers throughout the school year and has become the main event to attend in all of teacher world. Even non-teacher fans have reviewed it as one of the funniest stand up shows they’ve ever seen! The Bored Teachers Show is a comedy powerhouse that anyone who’s ever been in a classroom can relate to. Please note that PG-13 language is used during some sets. Recommended attendance age: 18+

Love Actually In Concert
Saturday December 7, 2024

Funny, irresistible and heart-warming, Love Actually is set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas and tells one story which weaves together a spectacular amount of love stories – sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes stupid – all funny in their own way. With the film becoming a Christmas tradition for many, audiences attending the Love Actually Film in Concert will be invited to to a unique way to watch the film: a full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score at these shows, with the film being projected onto the big screen. Everywhere you look it seems love is causing chaos. From the new bachelor Prime Minister who falls in love 30 seconds after entering Downing Street to a loser sandwich delivery guy who doesn’t have a hope with the girls in the UK so heads for Wisconsin; from a jilted writer who escapes the south of France to nurse his broken heart to an aging rock star trying to make a comeback at any price;, from a bride having problems with her husband’s best man to a married woman having trouble with her husband; from a schoolboy with a crush on the prettiest girl in the school to his architect step-father with a crush on Claudia Schiffer. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley Rowan Atkinson, Martin Freeman, and many more. Take a breathtaking tour of love’s delightful twists and turns as you fall under the spell of Love Actually and share in the laughs and charm live in concert. Click here for more information about tickets and subscriptions to the Auditorium Philms Concert Series.

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
Saturday January 11, 2025 - Sunday January 12, 2025

Back by popular demand, be “blown-away” (WGN Radio) by the uplifting power of faith and hope with familiar favorites, standout soloists, and world-class musicians with a fresh twist in an unforgettable musical extravaganza one can only explain as “indescribable” (Journal of Gospel Music). Breaking the classical music sound barrier since 1993! Marin Alsop, with colleagues Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson reimagined Handel’s Messiah. Too Hot to Handel captures the essential core of Handel’s famous piece and reinterprets it with chords of R&B, jazz, and gospel. The end result is a dynamic and uplifting celebration that must be experienced to be appreciated. “Listeners hooted, whistled and shouted their approval after every number. The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ was so ecstatically received, it was repeated as an encore.”—The New York Times

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert
Saturday January 18, 2025

After an electric sold-out debut in 2022, Chicago Philharmonic brings back Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert. In 2018, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what SuperHero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.” Relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras” (Chicago Tribune) performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar® and Grammy®-winning score live to picture. Joining the orchestra for the concert is Massamba Diop, the revered Senegalese tama drummer who recorded and co-created parts of the movie score with composer Göransson. Massamba Diop- the world-renowned Senegalese tama drummer who not only played on but also composed sections of the original score- will join the orchestra. Composer Ludwig Göransson (who is known for his work as producer to Childish Gambino in addition to composing for tv and film including OppenheimerTenetCreedThe Book of Boba Fett, and The Mandalorian) crafted the score to Black Panther in collaboration with Senegalese musicians Baba Maal and Massamba Diop. The Academy Award winning movie score combines traditional Senegalese music, Western symphonic scoring, and 21st Century digital production techniques to parallel the film’s Afro-futurist themes and create a sound that feels both futuristic and ancient. In a particularly inspired collaboration between Göransson and Diop, the film hero T’Challa is represented by three notes on the talking drum that sound rhythmically similar to the name “T’Challa.” This theme is repeated throughout the film, first by the talking drum and then the entire orchestra, and is transformed depending on the scene.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Friday February 7, 2025

Celebrate Complexions 30th anniversary season with their newest work, For Crying Out Loud, set to the music of the internationally renowned band U2! Experience an adrenaline-fueled evening with “arabesques that sail to the sky” (Critical Dance) as the dancers take you on a journey that will leave you breathless. Complexions was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole. Together, Rhoden and Richardson have created in Complexions an institution that embodies its historical moment, a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Saturday March 1, 2025 - Sunday March 2, 2025

Celebrate the stunning and visually opulent history, culture, music, and dance of Mexico with one of the most famous dance companies in the world featuring the renowned choreography of Amalia Hernández and be moved by the live music creating a “whirling, kaleidoscopic splendor” (Boston Globe). Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 60 folk dancers and musicians who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Friday March 7, 2025 - Sunday March 9, 2025

Returning to their Chicago home, the illustrious 65-year strong company brings incredible show-stopping performances. Experience the latest premieres, contemporary favorites, and beloved masterpieces that are both “timely and timeless” (Chicago Tribune). On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey led a group of young African-American modern dancers in a now-fabled performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City that forever changed the perception of American dance. Mr. Ailey was a pioneer in establishing a multi-racial repertory company that presented important works by both dance masters and emerging choreographers. Through the remarkable artistry of extraordinary dancers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to celebrate the African-American cultural experience and to preserve and enrich the American modern dance tradition. With a repertory of over 235 works by more than 90 choreographers and a permanent home at The Joan Weill Center for Dance in New York City—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world—the Ailey legacy flourishes, using the universal language of dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

Parsons Dance
Saturday April 12, 2025

Witness boundary-pushing artistry and life-affirming joy from this New York City based contemporary American dance company who is internationally renowned for their energized, athletic ensemble works making it “one of the great movers of modern dance” (The New York Times). Parsons Dance is a New York City based contemporary American dance company, internationally renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work. The company performs works selected from the vast and varied repertory of more than 75 works created by David Parsons. The company commissions new dances from established choreographers like Trey McIntyre and Monica Bill Barnes and restages works from the American canon, including works by Robert Battle and Paul Taylor.

South Chicago Dance Theatre
Saturday May 3, 2025

Be moved by an electric fusion of classical and contemporary dance showcasing the talents of the local dance company making waves through stunning collaborations by master choreographers and works that fearlessly embracing innovation and provide fresh perspective with “note-by-note precision” (Dance Magazine). SCDT is firmly rooted on Chicago’s south side. Several of the company’s collaborators have been a part of the fabric of the south side’s vibrant arts community since the early 1960’s. Thus, the SCDT is committed to maintaining its rich heritage through the embodiment of south Chicago influenced movement, music and history.

Hiplet Ballerinas
Saturday May 17, 2025

Explore the fiery fusion of classical pointe technique, Hip-Hop and other dance styles with a Chicago trailblazing company redefining ballet with “cutting-edge style” (The University Daily of Kansa) while being “joyfully inclusive” (Observer). The only company in the world to perform the signature trademark style, Hiplet Ballerinas of Chicago, Illinois fuse classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop and urban dance styles rooted in communities of color. Promoting inclusivity in both their cast and audience, Hiplet features true-toned tights, modern music, and dancers of all shapes, sizes and colors.