Went to the Genesee Theatre for the first time with a group of friends to see Rick Springfield. I can't believe I didn't know about this place sooner. It's gorgeous and just the right size. We almost felt like we were right on the stage! I want to try sitting on the balcony next time. The couple next to us said the sound is great up there and the view is good too.
There are little bars throughout the theater. But here's a tip: there is a bar tucked away on the first floor with a larger selection and fast servers (and they take credit cards instead of just cash). We had no idea it was there until an usher suggested it. Once it got closer to show time, we walked right out from the bar directly to our seats. It was perfect.
Don't miss the opportunity to take a picture in front of the gorgeous marquee sign out front. It's got an old school antique design to it. We took some great pictures!
I heard they do kids shows too and run old movies. And there's rumors it might be haunted. I don't like scary stuff but I guess they offer tours and it's pretty popular.
I loved this place. I can't believe we didn't know about it sooner. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on upcoming shows. I heard Seinfeld and Leno were both there once. I'm sorry I missed them. Next time for sure!!
- Heather K., 6/13/18 via Facebook
Great theater. Literally like a Chicago theater, but smack dab in the suburbs.
Very diverse mix of shows, including movies!
- Amy L., 1/21/18 via Yelp
I love seeing shows at the Genesee. The seating, sound and stage are on par with or better than any of the downtown Chicago venues. The personnel are friendly; many are volunteers. Even the washrooms are nice: more like you'd find in a hotel than in a downtown Chicago theatre. There's a garage a half block away, but if you're early you can find parking on the street; meters are no cost in the evening.
- Michael W., 6/16/17 via Trip Advisor