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Arie Crown Theater

Arie Crown was a Lithuanian immigrant who became an American success story. He was 15 years old when he arrived in Chicago in 1875, and eventually became one of the city's most successful businessmen.

The theater that bears his name was completed in 1960 as part of the McCormick Place complex. At that time, the Arie Crown Theater was truly a giant venue, boasting over 5,000 seats and hosting some of Chicago's most spectacular events.

In 1967, McCormick Place was struck by fire. While the Arie Crown Theater itself was spared, major reconstruction of McCormick Place forced the Theater to close. When it reopened in 1971, the Arie Crown had been partially rebuilt and was reduced in size. Since then, the venue has hosted a diverse lineup of entertainment, ranging from legendary soul singers Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight to rock and roll icons Billy Joel, Elton John and The Rolling Stones.

Location Information

Address: 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616

Neighborhood: Museum Campus

Region: Downtown / Loop

County: Cook County

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