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Enjoy Live Performances at Top Illinois Theaters 

You’ll find several destinations around Chicago that host performing arts and live productions. Enjoy a taste of local culture and catch a glimpse of history at venues like the Chicago Theatre. This theater was originally named the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre and is one of the landmark destinations in the city. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts films, concerts, speeches, magic shows, and plays.

You can also watch grand productions and performances at the Rialto Square Theatre. Founded in 1926, this theater features European architecture from local sculptors and architects. It hosts the Illinois Philharmonic and the Festival of Trees during the holidays. Head to the Effingham Performance Center in southern Illinois, a not-for-profit theater to watch live music, stand-up comedy, and performing arts. This family-friendly venue is within a short drive of several other attractions and a handful of great restaurants you can enjoy before or after a show. 

Effingham Performance Center

A not-for-profit theater, the Effingham Performance Center is located in southern Illinois in the city of Effingham. Operated by the Arts Connection of Central Illinois, the EPC hosts national, regional, and local arts. Plan your next southern Illinois visit and be sure to include a night at the theater.

The Effingham Performance Center box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The EPC is ideal for stand-up comedy, live music, and family-friendly performing arts. You'll find the EPC near the Little Wabash River, just off of Evergreen Avenue and Outer Belt Way.

Rialto Square Theatre

Established in 1926, the Rialto Square Theatre was founded by the Royal Theatre Company in Joliet. Set in southwestern Chicago, the Rialto features European architecture from local architects and sculptors. Plan a visit to Illinois and the Chicago area soon and experience an evening at the Rialto Square Theatre.

The historic Rialto Square Theatre plays host to the Illinois Philharmonic, the annual Bridal Expo, and the Festival of Trees ­– plus many more events. Paranormal and 360 Video tours are available as well. No matter the season or the reason for your visit to Joliet, you'll want to make sure to plan a night out at the Rialto.

Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre, built in 1921, was originally named the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre. The marquee outside of this flagship theatre, represents the unofficial symbol for the city of Chicago. In 1983, this Chicago Landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was one of the first in the country to be built in the Neo-Baroque French-Revival style and remains the oldest of its kind in Chicago.

Throughout the years, the theatre has hosted premiere films, plays, concerts, speeches and magic shows. Step inside this beautiful seven-story building, to see the five-story grand lobby decorated in a French Baroque style, the grand staircase and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy standing on the stage during the Marquee Tour and learn of its rich history.