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“Best Kept Secret in the Western Suburbs”

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North Central College Fine & Performing Arts
Ranked #12 of 43 things to do in Naperville
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Naperville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret in the Western Suburbs”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

North Central College invested in a wonderful performing arts center a few years ago and we have attended several events there. They have both high quality offerings presented by local and collegiate groups as well as professional musicians. The venue is first class and it is in downtown Naperville, so it is easy to walk a few blocks and share a great meal before or after a performance.

Visited October 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
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90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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“Central Casting”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The new performing arts center at Wentz Hall is very lovely, and a great value for the theater goer. All too often, theater is overly expensive, but not so here.

Visited July 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Wentz Concert Hall is wonderful”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

If you have the chance to hear a concert in this venue, do go. The acoustics are wonderful, the seats are comfortable, and the place is small enough that there really are not any bad seats.

The atrium is beautiful and provides a pleasant meeting place if you are meeting others before the show.

The only issue is parking -- so if you are from out of town, do a little research to figure it out before going.

Visited January 2014
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Naperville, Illinois, United States
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“A great value for couples or family”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

I'll preface this by saying I am a Member of the Presidents Club and a resident in the Historic District which North Central College is a close neighbor. The shows and performances at Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Hall are great values. Well done events in venues that keep one really engaged. Pfeiffer Hall is eclectic and historic, but has great acoustics. Wentz Hall is a new feature for NCC that has a more modern theatre feel but with more infancy.

Visited October 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Wonderful complex of theaters offering great programs”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

This complex includes the Wentz Concert Hall, Madden Theater, Pfeiffer Hall and Meiley-Swallow Theater. The Wentz and Madden are new constructions (mid 2000s) with interesting, modern architecture, located on Chicago Avenue just as the road tips to go into the Downtown Area. The Wentz, which seats approx. 600 people, has world class acoustics and design and attracts big names - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - as well as smaller performing musicians. The Madden Theater - the Blackbox Theater - is located in the same building on the west side and is used for contemporary theater and jazz performances. The Pfeiffer Hall is a much older classical stage theater (with curtains/wings). Some local performers say it is past its best from a performance perspectives, although the audience side of the theater is still attractive. It is located in the heart of the North Central College area on Benton Avenue. The final venue is a converted church. The Meiley-Swallow Theater seats about 300 in an intimate setting due to the Thrust Stage, and offers smaller plays, musicals and individual performers play here. All of the venues are excellent from an audience perspective, are close to downtown for pre- or post-dining or drinking and between them offer a real great menu of choices. Almost every night there is something going on somewhere.

Visited June 2013
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