All the world’s a stage, but in Chicago, there’s one stage that outshines all – the magnificent Cadillac Palace Theatre.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Chicago, within the iconic Chicago Loop, this venue stands tall as a beacon of artistic expression and as a centerpiece to the city’s legendary theatre district. Steeped in history, the Cadillac Palace Theatre shines as a gem in the heart of Chicago’s cultural scene.
Whether you’re a seasoned theatergoer or simply looking for an entertaining night out in Chicago, this venue promises an unforgettable experience.
Here’s everything you need to know if you plan on visiting when staying with us at Freehand Chicago.
Where is the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago?
You’ll find the Cadillac Palace Theatre in the Chicago Loop, right in the heart of Downtown Chicago. In this district you’ll find other iconic Chicago landmarks, such as Willis Tower and Millennium Park just a couple of blocks away. There’s also plenty of bars and restaurants nearby for you to grab a drink or food at after or before the theater performance.
A brief history of the Cadillac Palace Theatre
The Cadillac Palace Theatre can trace its roots back to 1926 when it first opened its doors as a flagship of vaudeville’s Orpheum Circuit. Drawing inspiration from the French opulence of the Fontainebleau and the Palace of Versailles, the theatre was designed by legendary architects, The Rapp Brothers.
Over the years, as audience preferences evolved, the theatre adapted to new demands. In 1931, it underwent a transformation into a movie theatre, adding to its legacy of entertainment and cultural significance.
In the 1950s, the Cadillac Palace Theatre truly came into its own as it became a popular venue for showcasing Broadway hits. One of the most memorable performances was Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, featuring the incomparable Carol Channing and solidifying the theater’s stellar reputation.
As the years went on, the theater was also used as a banquet hall in the ’70s and a rock music venue in the ’80s. It was restored to its former glory in 1999 when it got its name as the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The restoration breathed new life into the Baroque interiors, recapturing the splendor and charm of its early days.
Today, the Cadillac Palace Theatre stands as a living testament to the rich tapestry of its history, making it an experience like no other.
What shows are on?
At the Cadillac Palace Theatre, each season brings a new lineup of shows and performances.
Here are some of the exciting productions this season:
A Wonderful World – Starting from October 11th – 29th, immerse yourself in the extraordinary journey of iconic jazz soloist, Louis Armstrong. Told from the perspectives of the women in his life, this musical is a must-see!
Company – From October 31st until November 12th, witness Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical which delves into relationships, vulnerability and friendship.
The Illusionists – If you’re looking to find magic in Chicago, book in to see this mind-blowing show from November 21st. From stage illusions to mindreading to escapology, it’ll be a night to remember!
The Wiz – From November 29th to December 10th, the theatre will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Tony award-winning musical. The Wiz redefines a classic children’s story by incorporating African-American culture. Grab your ruby red slippers and follow the yellow brick road!
Keep an eye out for upcoming productions on the Cadillac Palace Theatre website.
How much are ticket prices?
Ticket prices start at around $49, but costs vary depending on show and seat location. It’s recommended to book well in advance as tickets can sell out quickly.
You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster or TicketSqueeze.
How to get to the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Freehand Chicago
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is only a 7-minute drive or an 18-minute walk from Freehand Chicago, making it super easy to reach for guests staying with us.
If you choose to travel by bus, it’s a short 4-minute journey. Hop on the 36 bus from State & Grand (Red Line) to State/Lake, then it’s just an 8-minute walk.