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  • 1. Auditorium Theatre

    South Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    Hunkered down across from Grant Park, this 110,000-ton granite-and-limestone behemoth was an instant star when it debuted in 1899, and it didn...Read More

  • 2. Millennium Park

    Loop | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Bean," the fun fountains, the Disney-esque music pavilion—all the pieces of this park quickly stole the hearts of Chicagoans and visitors...Read More

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  • 3. Music Box Theatre

    Wrigleyville | Arts/Performance Venue

    Southport's main claim to fame is this 1929 movie house, which shows independent and classic films on its two screens. Live organ music provides...Read More

  • 4. Aragon Ballroom

    Uptown | Arts/Performance Venue

    Just outside the Lawrence train station a large sign heralds upcoming bands—who play metal, mariachi, and much more—in a dreamy, Moorish-style...Read More

  • 5. Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    Opened in 1926 as a vaudeville venue, the theater was designed to evoke the Palace of Versailles. As time went on, its popularity waned. During...Read More

  • 6. Chicago Art Department–East

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Get an education at the Chicago Art Department, where the emphasis is on workshops and classes for emerging artists. The program, housed inside...Read More

  • 7. Chicago Theatre

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    When it opened in 1921, the grand and glitzy Chicago Theatre was tagged "the Wonder Theatre of the World." Its exterior features a shrunken...Read More

  • 8. Civic Opera House

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    The handsome home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago is grand indeed, with pink-and-gray Tennessee-marble floors, pillars with carved capitals, crystal...Read More

  • 9. Facets

    Lincoln Park | Arts/Performance Venue

    Film buffs shouldn't leave Lincoln Park without visiting this movie theater, which presents an eclectic selection of films from around the world...Read More

  • 10. Ford Center for the Performing Arts–Oriental Theatre

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    An opulent "hasheesh-dream decor" of Buddhas and elephant-type chairs made this a popular spot for viewing first-run movies starting in 1926...Read More

  • 11. Old Town

    Lincoln Park | Arts/Performance Venue

    A vibrant dining scene and lots of good bars and clubs (including the famed Second City) make Old Town a top nightlife destination. ...Read More

  • 12. Riviera Theatre

    Uptown | Arts/Performance Venue

    South of the Aragon is the marquee of the Riviera Theatre, a rock and pop venue renowned for its mosh-pit diving patrons. ...Read More

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