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Riviera Theatre

Riviera Theatre

Music Venue
Uptown, Chicago
  • Tips
    Kit R.
    "unreserved upstairs balcony seating."(4 Tips)
    Nick P.
    "Wilco's favorite place to play in Chicago."(2 Tips)
    Nick F.
    "... either sit up in the balcony or stand close to the stage"(6 Tips)
    Samantha R.
    "... seating set up with standing room going way too far back for decent viewage...."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon45 Tips and reviews
  • wilco
  • concerts
  • upstairs
  • balcony
  • standing room
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  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelFebruary 26, 2015
    Very strange seating set up with standing room going way too far back for decent viewage. The architecture tho is brilliant as with all Uptown venues. A little smack of history w ur rock show.
    Upvoted May 12
  • ben m.
    ben mNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The views from the balcony are fantastic and the drink lines are non existent. If you don't want to step away from the show there are waitresses too.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Kit R.heart icon on user image
    Kit RojasOctober 15, 2015
    Fantastic, large venue with ample standing room downstairs and unreserved upstairs balcony seating. This venue offers interesting historical architecture in addition to any show you'll see here.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 8, 2013
    If you are interested in meeting the act that you just saw perform, head to the side door on Racine Ave. or head over to the Green Mill, where many acts go to catch live music until 5AM.
  • Terence G.heart icon on user image
    Terence GNovember 8, 2015
    Went to see Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock here for the Kuntas Groove Sessions. The Riviera is a nice venue loved that the crowd was so diverse!
  • Jeremy C.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy CMarch 16, 2016
    Get here early so you can grab a seat upstairs or move to the front on the main floor. Great acoustics and funky, old school space
  • Emily S.heart icon on user image
    Emily S.November 6, 2016
    Grungy theatre. Really great performers come here - I like that there's the option to sit upstairs. I've heard they have no AC in the summertime, so beware!
  • maite a.heart icon on user image
    maite aNovember 12, 2016
    It's a great venue. Amazing the theatre inside, just fall in love with this place
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Great concert venue. Check out the balcony if the first floor gets packed
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HecklerFebruary 18, 2015
    Great place to see a show, but it's basically a shit hole that the owners won't put any money into. It's a shame, because it's easy to see how beautiful a place it probably was at one time.
  • Merli O.heart icon on user image
    Merli OrtegaFebruary 25, 2016
    Seeing the script is amazing the place is beautiful and so is the view
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ConradNovember 19, 2015
    At the the post modern jukebox show. Tickets were over sold. The place is packed way beyond capacity. Someone should call the cops before the upper balconies collapse on top of the floor crowd.
  • Nick F.heart icon on user image
    Nick FruendtMay 28, 2015
    Some great shows here, and fun to either sit up in the balcony or stand close to the stage
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    The sound and view during a show is usually better upstairs. Not the best place in the city, but way better sound than The Aragon. Grab dinner at Sun Wah up Broadway before the show.
  • Jam P.
    Jam ProductionsOctober 30, 2013
    Need to use the restroom? Head to the main lobby and down the stairs. North side for men, South side for women! Handicap restrooms available on the first floor.
  • Carly S.heart icon on user image
    Carly SJune 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Watching big bands on small stages is always special. Show up early for a good spot
  • Dan G.
    Dan GerbargNovember 24, 2017
    Good: cool marquee, nice staff. Bad: bad stage crew communication, forced to use venue sellers who sold $400 less than our average, venue hired street team to advertise rival band at show. 👎poor form
  • C R.heart icon on user image
    C ReySeptember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Yeah it's a decent place to see a show but it's an old building, gets really smelly, and the bathroom situation is a little ridiculous. Only go here if you really like the bands you're going to see.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TamrasFebruary 5, 2012
    Hey there! Since you're so close, come by for some cheap eats after the show. Your first Foursquare check-in gets you $10 off the purchase of two entrees.
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Chicago: Built in 1917 as a movie palace, "The Riv" now hosts some of Chicago's best live shows, including the famous Wilco residency in 2008. -IFC Staff
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DunmoreMarch 24, 2013
    Score the last row of seats in the back middle and you can Tinder in between bands!
  • Stephan G.heart icon on user image
    Stephan GermainOctober 9, 2015
    Fabulous architecture and never seen a bad show here.
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinMarch 7, 2016
    Not a fan of this venue. Seems outdated and the sound was not great. I did like the size and space, though. Very convenient location.
  • Jamie M.heart icon on user image
    Jamie MackMarch 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    It's not the best place to see a show, the sound is mediocre and there is not a lot of places to see well, esp as a shorty like me
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    Originally built as a movie palace in 1917, The Riviera is now a premiere mid-sized venue for rock and punk concerts. Read more
  • Nick P.heart icon on user image
    Nick PanicoDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wilco's favorite place to play in Chicago. Don't miss them at the Riv.
  • Spencer B.heart icon on user image
    Spencer BrownellDecember 7, 2014
    Cool venue, but could use some acoustic upgrades.
  • Digital Tour Bus
    Digital Tour BusMarch 26, 2012
    If you need to go to the bathroom, don't wait until you get to the venue. The restrooms are in less than desirable condition unfortunately.
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have to drive to the Riv or the Aragon park in the residential area just south west of the Lawrence Broadway intersection. Don't pay $20 for parking.
  • Kaitlin H.
    Kaitlin HoinesNovember 25, 2013
    They pack way too many people in the theater for a concert. Don't think I'll ever go back to this location again for a concert.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BauerleMarch 16, 2011
    You're going to want to take off that hipster sweater; it's burning up in the balcony!
  • David
    DavidNovember 24, 2014
    Live live!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BuchNovember 10, 2013
    Ownership lacks capital to restore bldg
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BeukenkampFebruary 26, 2015
    STFU #ChiTown and listen to the music.
  • Kentaro Y.
    Kentaro YamadaOctober 7, 2010
    Just great theatre with history.
  • Nina S.
    Nina Simonelli JacobsOctober 16, 2011
    Bring a nicotine patch, no re entry.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    In the movie "The Break-Up" (2006), Brooke (Jennifer Anniston) invites Gary (Vince Vaughan) to an Old 97's concert at the Riviera Theatre. Read more
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth ReszkeFebruary 13, 2012
    Good Venue!
  • Patrick S.heart icon on user image
    Patrick StantonApril 6, 2014
    Cool tip: this place sucks
  • Cole G.
    Cole GarrettJanuary 30, 2011
    Dyslexic Gusterhoids Untie! 4...3...2...1
  • David M.
    David MillerMay 22, 2016
    Rude, loud, cigarette-smoking crowd on the floor. Lame.
  • Deden P.
    Deden PerdanaNovember 14, 2010
    Try to visit here
  • Cracken ..
    Cracken .January 8, 2010
    See a show at the Riv!
  • Deden P.
    Deden PerdanaNovember 14, 2010
    Try this
  • elisa t.heart icon on user image
    elisa tonkinSeptember 14, 2015
    La ventilación es bien malita, pero el resto ok
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