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Riviera Theater

34 reviews on TripAdvisor
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This venue showcases some of the most famous acts in rock music. Dating back to 1917, this eye-catching building is equipped with lush balcony seats and VIP-box... more
This venue showcases some of the most famous acts in rock music. Dating back to 1917, this eye-catching building is equipped with lush balcony seats and VIP-boxes. Its lower arena is usually filled with grungy teens or punk rockers ready to mosh. The Riviera is not known for its subtle use of the sound system, so bring earplugs if you want to be able to hear when you reach middle age! Ticket prices vary.... less
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Reviews

  • Mallory F
    1/2/2017
    I like the Riviera. It's an old gem you can't help but love. The employees in the office on the other hand are disposable. I called ahead of time to see if it was alright if I brought my ecig inside i... moreI like the Riviera. It's an old gem you can't help but love. The employees in the office on the other hand are disposable. I called ahead of time to see if it was alright if I brought my ecig inside if I kept it in my purse . The lady in the office said yes as long as I do not use it. I always call ahead because the ecigs that I use are over $200 and I don't want to risk having it taken away. So my cab dropped me off, I got up to security and the older lady guard pulled it out and said I could not come in. I then argued for a couple minutes and asked to speak to the person in charge (that didn't happen). After 2 attempts of trying to sneak it in I finally gave up. Didn't want to miss my concert so I ditched my ecig. After I got into the venue I found out that security let 4 of my friends in with there ecigs.... Pretty pissed. Please Educate the lady in the office so she doesn't cost anyone money. Also update your website so the rules are easier to find. Bad rating is for the employee, not the venue or owner.... less
  • Prego51
    12/31/2016
    I went solo last night to see Patti Smith. My wife avoids this place because of the crowds, lack of seats and the inevitable pushing when watching an act. I like all that stuff so it's no problem for ... moreI went solo last night to see Patti Smith. My wife avoids this place because of the crowds, lack of seats and the inevitable pushing when watching an act. I like all that stuff so it's no problem for me. Go check out a show, you'll love it!... less
  • 13DAVA
    11/15/2016
    For more than 25 years, The Riv has been my favorite of the smaller concert venues in Chicago (the Vic being second, and ABR a distant third). All three of these theaters would have great historic cha... moreFor more than 25 years, The Riv has been my favorite of the smaller concert venues in Chicago (the Vic being second, and ABR a distant third). All three of these theaters would have great historic charm if they weren't such dumps, but concert goers don't really care about that. The Riv's balcony is large and comfortable, and the floor is just big enough to accommodate the moshing kids in front, and their parents in back...near one of its many bars. The bathrooms are as gross as one might expect, but it's all worth it for the sound of the place and the energy and rumble that run through the building when the crowd goes nuts. I will usually pass on shows at the ABR, and consider the Vic, but the Riv is a selling point that gets me to the show from out of town. Don't bother trying to park nearby - it's worth the Uber/cab fare or taking CTA. So get your tetanus booster, and enjoy the hot and sweaty mess that is the Riv. You'll be glad you did.... less
  • hippomustard
    11/10/2016
    I saw Elle King. She was amazing. The venue was great too. Sometimes it's nice to get away from the large concert halls. It was up close and personal. There were plenty of paces to grab a beverage an... moreI saw Elle King. She was amazing. The venue was great too. Sometimes it's nice to get away from the large concert halls. It was up close and personal. There were plenty of paces to grab a beverage and the sound quality was impecable. When the show is over, walk across the street the Green Mill.... less
  • fmiruna
    9/14/2016
    I went here two times. The second time I was tricked into coming here as they changed the venue for the show. I am just happy I got out of there alive both times and that the building didn't collapse.... moreI went here two times. The second time I was tricked into coming here as they changed the venue for the show. I am just happy I got out of there alive both times and that the building didn't collapse. I am not taking any more chances. Not one dollar has been invested into this place in decades. The place is beyond old. Entire pieces missing from the walls, ceiling is cracked, and a lot of things are broken and hanging. The place is also filthy and the stench is overwhelming. There is no AC. They do have one small, working fan, that can fall on someone's head any minute. During shows, it gets unbearably hot. My t-shirt got drenched within the first 15-20 minutes and I became irritable and sick from lack of oxygen, or the stench. The sound is also terrible. If you don't know the band very well, you have no idea what they are playing or saying. The bathrooms are a health hazard, if you can find a stall with a working door. It's absolutely impossible that this place could pass any inspections.... less