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Harris Theater
Ranked #147 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a 1500-seat state-of-the art performance venue located in Chicago's Millennium Park. Opened in November 2003, the nonprofit Harris Theater was the first multi-use performance venue built in downtown Chicago since 1929. Harris Theater serves as a unique national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance. More than a decade later, the theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting local, national, and internationally renowned artists and ensembles. The Harris Theater's primary mission is to partner with an array of Chicago's music and dance performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability. The Harris Theater's original group of 12 resident companies has grown to include 35 diverse and exceptionally talented performing arts organizations, including internationally acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNow, and collaborations with Lyric Opera of Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago. Through these partnerships, the Theater has earned national recognition as a distinctive model for collaboration, performance, and artistic advancement. The Theater supports this mission by providing these partner organizations with subsidized rental, technical expertise, and marketing support, allowing the organizations to focus on what they do best-bringing the finest in music and dance performances to the public. The Theater offers professional development opportunities, including the innovate Learning Lab, endorsed with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Harris Theater is also dedicated to presenting internationally acclaimed music and dance organizations to enhance its reputation as well as to help build audiences for the Theater's resident companies. Through the Harris Theater Presents series, the Theater has achieved widespread recognition as a vital cultural anchor in Chicago. Daniel Barenboim, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Renee Fleming, the Hamburg Ballet, Lang Lang, the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, Stephen Sondheim, and many others have graced the Harris' Elizabeth Morse Genius Stage through this series. The Harris Theater maintains a commitment to engaging Chicago residents of all ages and communities. Programs like the popular Eat to the Beat and Family Series advance access to and understanding of the performing arts. The Theater partners with health and human service agencies, K-12 schools and community arts organizations, providing more than 7,000 underwritten performance tickets through the Access Tickets Program since 2009, along with master classes, artist talks and other enrichment activities.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 7 December 2013

If you happen to book a show at this venue, you won't be disappointed as you can see so nicely from almost any vantage point. Of course, if you happen to sit in the nose bleed seats (highest up) you will still see okay, but it's a long way to the front! Seats and legroom are comfortable. Temp was perfect. I would highly recommend this venue.

Thank Boystowtraveler
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Returned to the Harris for a events grande finale event. Staff and Management were excellent ( least to the minions). Venue would be very hard to beat.

Thank Oleredandblue
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We saw Shaping Sound and the view was fabulous - we had a mixture of row O and first row (all the way to the side). Parking was easy; however, if parking can be validated do it early (you do not have to wait in line after the show but can do it before hand). There was a line to pay for the parking but I noticed on the actual ticket/exit spot that you could pay there as well. I will try this next time.

Thank DonJefe18
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

As the resident home of over 40 arts companies, the Harris Theater offers Chicago a chance to experience a wide range of productions. I've seen opera, ballet, classical quartets and theater in this amazing space. The theater doesn't attract attention in and of itself, rather it is the unique combination of modern design...intimate confines...excellent sight-lines...and an operating premise that allows companies to perform in a representative space without high overhead...which makes it a wonder to behold. Get a ticket, settle in and enjoy!

Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We saw the 40th year anniversary performance of Mummenchanz performance art. Very child friendly and enjoyable

Thank James H
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