Apollo Theater Chicago

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Apollo Theater Chicago
Apollo theater Chicago.jpg
Address2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
 United States
Coordinates41°55′40″N 87°39′08″W / 41.9278°N 87.6521°W / 41.9278; -87.6521
OwnerRob Kolson Creative Productions
ProductionMillion Dollar Quartet
ArchitectMichael Lustig

The Apollo Theater Chicago was built in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1978. Located at 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., the Apollo has 440 seats and a lobby featuring art exhibits and a full bar. It is currently the home of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet and the home of the Emerald City Theatre Company.[1]


Apollo Theater Chicago comfortably seats 440 guests

The Apollo Theater Chicago is not the first Chicago theater to bear the name Apollo. In 1921, theatrical producer A. H. Woods opened the Apollo Theatre in the Chicago Loop District, at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets.[2] Originally operated as a playhouse, the old Apollo Theatre was sold in 1927 to United Artists Corporation and was renamed the United Artists Theatre. It was demolished in 1989.

Notable productions at the new Apollo include David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago starring James Belushi,[3] Balm in Gilead with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise,[4] the long running play The Vagina Monologues, and A Nutcracker Christmas written by children's recording artist Ralph Covert of Ralph's World and G. Riley Mills.

The Apollo Theater Chicago has no relation to the Apollo Theater in New York City.


  1. ^ Potempa, Philip (June 6, 2013). "Tail Telling Tale: Actor loves dreaming up own antics for his 'Cat in the Hat' rollicking role". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Balaban, David (2013). The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz. Arcadia Publishing p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7385-3986-7.
  3. ^ Willistein, Paul (June 26, 1988). "'Red Heat' Adds to Jim Belushi's Stature -- about 10 Pounds". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Mayer, John (2016). Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words. Bloomsbury Publishing p. 75. ISBN 978-1-4742-3947-9.

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