Riviera Theatre

Riviera Theatre

4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 275-6800 serving: Far North Side, Uptown

Sidewalk Score: 8 out of 10
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The Low Down


Where to Sit: Most of the theater is standing only, but there are about 850 balcony seats available. Arrive early to snag a seat or to get a spot near the stage.

Know Before You Go: The neighborhood can be a bit sketchy, so be aware if you're walking by yourself at night.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

This giant 1920s-era hall boasts great acoustics and an impressive band lineup.
by Contributor at Citysearch

In Short
The main floor is spacious enough that you can enjoy bands without getting socked in the mosh pit. As with most venues, plan on getting hot and sweaty as soon as the action begins. Considering its size (capacity 2,300),…
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By susans1396997046 at Citysearch

Worst place in the city for a concert! Although the sound was pretty good, the coatcheck situation is a compete nightmare! We waited an HOUR to g... Read More

Energy over sound
By aeh5458 at Citysearch

I went to a concert here last year - the sound wasn't great, but the crowd was. Very energetic place, feels young and vibrant but looks older and ... Read More

Chicago Sound
By SB B. at Judy's Book

Ah, the Riv. A classic place to see a band perform. The seats up in the balcony are a nice place to "relax," but the main level is where you need... Read More

The Good Old Riv.
By B. L. at Judy's Book

Boy, this place sure must have been a beauty in it's heyday. Even though it is an old building it is still fairly well maintained. Some of the inte... Read More

What happened to the seats
By Kathleen K. at Judy's Book

I saw a band perform at the Riviera earlier this fall, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a smoke-filled auditorium, tight seating, an... Read More