Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour: Historic Architectural Journey
33 Ratings
Embark on a historic architectural journey through the iconic Chicago Theatre. Explore its rich history, stunning architecture, and famous artist signatures on this engaging Marquee Tour.
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • The Chicago Theatre - Behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s legendary theater

History-filled journey with a professional theater guide

Stunning 1920s French-Baroque interiors

Walls signed by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Dolly Parton

Grand lobby & sweeping staircase setting immersive scene

What's Included
  • Free Wi-Fi inside the building
  • Guided tour of The Chicago Theatre
  • Access to exclusive areas inside the theater
Additional Information

Embark on a trip loaded with historical events, from the establishment of this magnificent venue in 1921, up to its present-day existence as a top-tier destination for entertainment. The Marquee Tour involves historical and architectural features of the construction, including its grand entrance hall, sweeping staircase, and awe-inspiring auditorium. Guests taking the tour get an opportunity to stand on the celebrated stage of the Chicago Theatre, along with viewing signatures of artists on the backstage walls, including luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton, and many others!

  • Tour lasts approximately one hour
  • Please note tour content is subject to change based on events in the building and that some tours can take up to 75 minutes. There is no stage or dressing room access on event days
  • Tours are first come first served and subject to availability
  • Voucher must be exchanged for a timed ticket at the Box Office. Please note the Box Office lobby will be locked until the tour begins at 12 PM
The Chicago Theatre
North State Street
175 N. State Steet, Chicago - located under the marquee on State Street between Lake Street and Benton Place. Also accessible by public transportation.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(33 Ratings)
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May 27, 2024
Wonderful Tour Experience - The knowledge and passion displayed by the tour guides on the history of the theatre and their engaging personalities and professionalism in answering all of the tour attendees' questions made the tour an awesome experience. We loved how we were able to experience the playing of the organ, especially the sound effects which we never realized the potential of an organ and its great significance to the events/performances of many shows performed at the theatre. The information and historical facts presented on the construction and renovation in bringing the theatre back to its original glory was such a refreshing story to hear especially in today's world where some of our historical structures/halls, etc. don't get a second chance. Great job and best wishes to your tour guides in reminding us of a very special place that should continue on for years to come in making memories and smiles.
Review provided by Viator
Sep 18, 2023
Beautiful history in the middle of a beautiful city. - Wow! What a beautiful building. Loved the whole tour. Lots of time to absorb all the beauty. Or tour guide even played the original organ for us. Loved being on the stage and seeing the dressing rooms and wall where the performed sign their names. Would definitely recommend this tour.☺️
Review provided by Viator
Nov 26, 2023
Quickie Tour - The tour was only 1 hour. Hearing about the historical aspects of the theatre was interesting. Would have liked to see more backstage and dressing rooms.
Review provided by Viator
Jan 1, 2024
Buyer Beware - To be honest we were not able to do this tour. But my review is for the way the theater handled it. There was several others who showed for the tour as well. We all bought tickets thru Viator. When we arrived the gentleman at the theater was really rude about it and did not even try to resolve the issue, which was, the theater only does tours on Monday and Tuesday. But it is still open for bookings on days the theater does not do tours. The theater is 100% responsible to remove the booking from the Viator site on days they are closed. Handled poorly by theater.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 31, 2022
TripAdvisor Fail! - This tour was cancelled about an hour before it was scheduled. Very inconvenient and unprofessional. I would not book a tour through TripAdvisor in the future.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 25, 2022
FRAUD!!!! Tour does not exist!!!! - We arrived as instructed for what was clearly labeled as a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Chicago theater. There is no such tour. It does not exist. We were told by theater security (who was kind enough to step outside and talk to us), that there has not been a tour of the theater in over three years. Shame on you variator for advertising something that clearly does not exist. I am awaiting my refund.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 21, 2022
Tour not active - Booked a Behind the scenes tour of the Chicago theatre. Upon arriving to the theater they told us they don't do the tours anymore and stopped 3 years ago. Spoke to the customer service representative and he states it's a scam. I did get a refund issued but buyer beware??
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 21, 2022
There is no tour - There are no tours of the theatre. Was present with other customers, all of whom were unhappy with buying useless tickets. I emailed company for refund. Hope tour comes around my next trip here.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 20, 2022
Theatre no is longer offering tours. We were told they stopped running them 3 years ago. - Tours no longer offered dispute being able to book. We were left waiting outside with no information and disappointed.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 20, 2022
PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS! When we arrived, we were told that they no longer do yours and have not done for three years. - When we arrived the theatre informed us that they no longer do tours and have not done so for three years. When we arrived the theatre informed us that they no longer do tours and have not done so for three years.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
June 2024