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Magic of Motown
Saturday February 24, 2024

Magic of Motown is a group of 15 power vocalists backed by a six piece band delivering all the hits from: The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin etc. With the costuming and choreography you are transported straight to Motown.

National Landmark Backstage Tours
Sunday February 25, 2024 - Monday April 29, 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. 

Richard Marx with special guest John Waite
Friday March 1, 2024

Richard Marx is celebrating more than 35 years as a recording artist - his 38th as a professional songwriter. 1984’s “What About Me,” released as a trio by Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and James Ingram was co-written by Richard and became not only his first song recorded by an artist, but his first number one as a writer. Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album spawned four Top 5 singles, including “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting No. 1 and going quadruple-platinum with two No. 1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” He has since made history as the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. Marx will be joined by special guest John Waite, the British born rock star who has been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years.

Trinity Irish Dance Company
Sunday March 3, 2024

Under the lead of Mark Howard, founding artistic director/choreographer – and recent inductee into the 2023 Irish American Hall of Fame – Chicago’s own internationally-renowned Trinity Irish Dance Company brings world premiere work to the Auditorium Theatre stage!
“Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune). Kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day season with their unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation, their mixed rep program will include two world premiere works:
Taking the Mick choreographed by Mark Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, takes the versatility of these artists to a new level through multi-genre vignettes of rapid fire footwork, theatrics, and twisted traditions. Drawing upon the American Vaudeville era and its place in Irish step dance history, Taking the Mick blends commentary and innovation through movement that is at once whimsical and fierce.
P.O.V. is a new work by elusive, renowned choreographer Harrison McEldowney, who has come out of retirement specifically for Trinity Irish Dance Company with a concept that brings a new “point of view” to audiences who always ask, “what is it like to be a Trinity Irish dancer?” A collaboration between two Chicago dance community stalwarts, P.O.V. provides the audience a unique “lens” into TIDC’s fast-paced movement genre. Each performance is unique to its audience and venue–you have to be there to believe what you are seeing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7ogMgt_DgE
2023-24 season subscriptions now available. Click here for more information.

MOMIX - ALICE
Saturday March 9, 2024

Known internationally for presenting works of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX, a company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton, marks its long-awaited return to the Auditorium Theatre following its engaging production of Home for the Holidays in December of 1997. Audiences are invited to travel down the rabbit hole, MOMIX-style, with Pendleton’s ALICE, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.  As Alice’s body grows and shrinks and grows again, Pendleton’s dancers extend themselves by means of props, ropes and other dancers – sharing a family-friendly journey that is magical, mysterious, fun, eccentric and much more!

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

2023-24 season dance subscriptions now available. Click here for more information.

Chicago Sinfonietta presents ECHO
Saturday March 16, 2024

Join the Chicago Sinfonietta in celebrating Women's History Month with ECHO, a stunning program featuring a lineup of works that highlights the artistry and creativity of women in music. Experience the Chicago premiere of Florence Price's Concert Overture No. 2, a dynamic and passionate work that showcases Price's masterful orchestration and distinctive musical voice. Then, be transported by Samuel Barber's beloved Violin Concerto, performed by the rising star Amaryn Olmeda in her Chicago debut. Olmeda's virtuosity and musicianship will be sure to leave you spellbound. Next up is Francis Poulenc's Les biches Suite, a playful and evocative work that blends neoclassical and jazz elements with irresistible charm. Finally, the Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to present the world premiere of a currently untitled piece by Clarice Assad, co-commissioned with SPCO/ROCO/ACO, with the talented vocalist and composer herself performing as soloist. This piece is sure to captivate and inspire with its bold, innovative sound and unforgettable melodies. Throughout the concert, the Chicago Sinfonietta will echo with the vibrant energy and creativity of women in music, celebrating their artistic achievements and paving the way for future generations of female musicians. Don't miss this powerful tribute to the women who have shaped the world of classical music and continue to inspire us today. Featuring works by: Price Barber Assad Poulenc

Mitski with Julia Jacklin
Thursday March 21, 2024 - Sunday March 24, 2024

Mitski’s latest album The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We via Dead Oceans opened to an overwhelming wealth of praise, with the record deemed “one of her best” by The New York Times. Since the album’s release, she’s been presenting all acoustic performances of The Land in intimate venues in select cities in North America, the UK and Europe. The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We Tour kicks off in the new year and will see Mitski and her full band playing multiple nights in some of North America’s most beautiful seated theaters, including Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.

Adam Ant – ANTMUSIC 2024 with Special Guest The English Beat
Tuesday March 26, 2024

Performing his classic, chart-topping hits and personal favorites, Adam Ant is very pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 tour which will include dates in the UK and USA. Adam Ant is instantly recognized and admired by millions of people around the world. Wherever he performs, there is something personal and unique about his presence that commands attention and respect. He will be joined by legendary ska band The English Beat. VIP Box Service Now Available! Every Box Seat Ticket now includes VIP Service, where you will have a dedicated VIP Host to handle all of your drink and food needs for your entire night! Skip the long lines at the bars and never miss a second of the show!

One Hallelujah
Thursday April 4, 2024

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell, Israel Houghton, and Jekalyn Carr have announced their 2024 tour ‘One Hallelujah’. Produced by Live Nation, the 25-city tour kicks off on March 6 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston making stops across the U.S. in New York, Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, and more before wrapping up in San Francisco at YouTube Theater on April 21. VIP Packages available.

Croce Plays Croce 50th Anniversary Tour
Saturday April 6, 2024

Multi-faceted singer/songwriter A.J. Croce is hitting the road again in celebration of two more of his father Jim Croce’s legendary albums, 1973’s Life and Times and his final release, I Got A Name, in addition to songs from You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. The much-anticipated fall tour, Croce Plays Croce 50th Anniversary features a legendary band (including drummer Gary Mallaber, bassist David Barard, guitar/violin James Pennebaker) and a moving multi-media presentation accompanying Jim’s songs (which on the previous tour included memorable hits, “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)”, “Time in a Bottle,” and others). It was fan-demand for more, and the camaraderie that A.J. felt with the audience, the players, and the connection to his father’s timeless music that inspired A.J. to embark on the 50th Anniversary tour.

Batman 1989 - 35th Anniversary Concert
Saturday April 13, 2024

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ iconic 1989 DC Superhero film, “Batman,” live in concert! The Dark Knight, defender of law and order in Gotham City, treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and to purge the memory of his parents’ brutal murder – always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret. The film will be accompanied by a live orchestra, conducted by James Olmstead, providing the perfect opportunity to revisit a classic fan-favorite film based on one of the world’s most popular DC comic characters, or to introduce it to a new audience. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite DC Superhero. Presented by MGP Live  Click here for more information about tickets and subscriptions to the Auditorium Philms Concert Series.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Wednesday April 17, 2024 - Sunday April 21, 2024

Celebrating over 55 years of partnership with the Auditorium Theatre, the illustrious Alvin Ailey returns to its Chicago home for a must-see six-performance program with both new works and beloved classics including Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. Steeped in cultural history and expanding with new boundary-breaking choreographers, this is truly a must-see event!

Program A: Audience Favorites

Wednesday, April 17 | 7:30PM

Saturday, April 20 | 7:30PM

Dancing Spirit by Ronald K. Brown Are You In Your Feelings? by Kyle Abraham Revelations by Alvin Ailey

Program B: All New

Friday, April 19 | 7:30PM

Saturday, April 20 | 1PM (stay for Post- Show Q&A after the matinee)

Me, Myself, and You by  Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (Midwest Premiere) Solo by Hans van Manen Following The Subtle Current Upstream by Alonzo King CENTURY by  Amy Hall Garner (Midwest Premiere)

Program C: Ailey Classics

Thursday, April 18 | 7:30PM

Sunday, April 21 | 3PM

Ailey Classics by Alvin Ailey including Excerpts from Memoria, Night Creature, Pas de Duke, Masekela Langage, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For 'Bird' - With Love and Reflections in D  Revelations by Alvin Ailey  

South Chicago Dance Theatre
Saturday April 27, 2024

In its 7th season, South Chicago Dance Theatre is a flourishing local company that presents a seamless fusion of classical and contemporary dance. Audiences will be in awe of their "energy and heart" (Chicago Tribune) in an evening featuring six world premieres and new collaborations with esteemed and fresh choreographers Donald Byrd, Joshua Blake Carter, Monique Haley, Tsai Hsi Hung, Terence Marling, and founding Executive Artistic Director Kia S. Smith. 2023-24 season dance subscriptions now available. Click here for more information.

An Evening with Alan Ruck and Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Thursday May 2, 2024

The Auditorium Theatre presents a special showing of the John Hughes classic FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF featuring a Q&A with star Alan Ruck (Cameron Frye)! "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." No, it was not Confucius that said that. It was that sage of sages, Ferris Bueller, as played (unforgettably, most would argue) by Matthew Broderick. Sandwiched in between PRETTY IN PINK and SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, screenwriter John Hughes told a different kind of high school story in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, which became the biggest box office hit of his directorial career, grossing just over $70 million in 1986 (that was more than the combined takes of THE BREAKFAST CLUB and WEIRD SCIENCE, his two previous films). Instead of focusing on teenage cliques or young lovers from two different worlds, Hughes instead turned his attention to something nearly everyone does at one time or another: playing hooky. And nobody played it better than Ferris. A limited number of VIP tickets are available that include the best seats in the house along with a post-show photo opportunity with Alan Ruck.

Bluey’s Big Play
Friday May 3, 2024 - Sunday May 5, 2024

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. BLUEY’S BIG PLAY is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life. BLUEY’S BIG PLAY is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with Windmill Theatre Co. Bluey’s Big Play is friendly for all ages so the whole family can enjoy! Please note that, after the performance, audience members will be invited to participate in games of “keepy uppy” – one where several air filled balls (made of materials which do not include BPA, Latex or PVC) are released into the audience, and another with bubbles (made of non-stain solution). As with many children’s games, playing “keepy uppy” may at times become boisterous and unpredictable. If you do not wish to participate in these games, we recommend you leave the theatre after curtain call.

Chicago Sinfonietta presents REVERB
Saturday May 11, 2024

Join the Chicago Sinfonietta for an unforgettable season finale, REVERB, featuring a lineup of works that showcase the power and energy of classical music. The evening begins with Chin's Subito con Forza, a  dynamic work that sets the tone for an evening. Then, if you appreciate bold and dynamic orchestral music, you won't want to miss the triumphant Symphony No. 3 by Louise Farrenc, whose brilliance as a composer is finally receiving the recognition it deserves. Up next, experience the Chicago premiere of Carlos Simon's Profiles, a work that explores the complexities of identity and the diversity of the human experience. This piece is sure to move and inspire with its powerful themes and innovative sound. Next up is Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring the world-renowned pianist George Li as guest artist. Li's virtuosity and musicality are sure to dazzle and delight, as he performs one of the most beloved and iconic works in the classical repertoire. Throughout the concert, the Chicago Sinfonietta will reverberate with energy and passion, showcasing their artistic prowess and commitment to excellence. This promises to be an unforgettable evening of music that will leave you inspired and energized. Don't miss your chance to witness the Chicago Sinfonietta REVERB with sound and spirit as they close out another incredible season. Featuring works by: Chin Farrenc Simon Rachmaninoff

Hatsune Miku – Miku Expo 2024
Tuesday May 14, 2024

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO is a world concert tour, organized by Crypton Future Media, that brings along a variety of sub-events (exhibitions, workshops, club events ...) where fans of all backgrounds can meet up and share various aspects of the creative culture surrounding Hatsune Miku. Hatsune Miku is a Japanese music sensation, a 16 year-old blue-haired girl with a unique voice and prodigious energy. What makes her special is that she is not a human singer, but a virtual persona who uses a computer-generated voice and 3D graphics to perform on stage. With a repertoire entirely provided by individual creators, she is the first truly crowd-created virtual talent. But being virtual doesn't stop her from filling up concert halls, or teaming up with major artists like Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams!

Sofia Niño de Rivera – Gira 2024
Friday May 24, 2024

Be prepared to laugh until it hurts with Sofia de Nino Rivera. Nino de Rivera is a Mexican stand-up comedienne and actress. She was named Mexico City’s woman of the year in 2016 by the Mexican entertainment magazine Chilango. She started to appear in the Spanish comedy-drama “Club de Cuervos” as the character Emilia in 2015. In 2016, she released her own Netflix stand-up special “Sofia Nino de Rivera: Expuesto.” She was the first Spanish-speaking woman to receive her own comedy special from the network. It was successful enough that another comedy special was released in 2018 with “Sofia Nino de Rivera: Selecion Natural.” She also appeared in the comedy “Recuperando a mi ex.” She has a series on YouTube Originals called “Sobrevivi."

An Evening with John Cusack & Screening of High Fidelity - NEW DATE
Friday May 31, 2024

John Cusack’s show at Auditorium Theatre scheduled for January 18, has been postponed to Friday, May 31 at 7:30PM. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once announced.  Ticket holders may also contact our Ticket Services Team via phone (312.341.2300) or email ([email protected]) for any additional questions. ——– Actor John Cusack will host an intimate screening of one of his most popular motion pictures, High Fidelity, followed by a live conversation about his career and the making of the film, followed by a Q&A at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL.

Good Mythical Tour with Rhett & Link
Saturday June 1, 2024

Good Mythical Morning is going on tour for the first time ever! Join Rhett & Link and the Mythical Crew live and in-person for a night that will bring the show you love to life like you’ve never experienced it before. Featuring your favorite segments, classic games, music, mayhem, Mythicality and more. You may even become part of the show.  VIP packages available.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert
Saturday June 22, 2024 - Sunday June 23, 2024

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.  Click here for more information about tickets and subscriptions to the Auditorium Philms Concert Series.

Future Islands
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.

Heroes: A Video Game Symphony
Saturday July 13, 2024

What’s a hero’s journey without appropriately heroic music to accompany it? Heroes: A Video Game Symphony features a live orchestra performing music from epic video games such as CastlevaniaMetal Gear SolidStarfieldThe Elder ScrollsFalloutGod of WarMass EffectFinal FantasyJourneyPortal 2 and The Last of Us with scenes from the games projected onto a huge screen. Step away from the console and step into a new sensory take on video games.

Bram Stoker's Dracula in Concert
Saturday October 26, 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.  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 molds 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.  Click here for more information about tickets and subscriptions to the Auditorium Philms Concert Series.

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.