4746 N. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Located in Chicago’s historic Uptown theater district, at the intersection of Racine, Broadway, and Lawrence, the Riviera Theatre is a central part of Chicago’s past and present.
Completed in 1917 by architects George and C.W. Rapp (Rapp & Rapp), it was built as a movie theater for the Balaban & Katz chain. Transformed into a private nightclub in 1986, the Riviera Theatre is now one of Chicago’s premier concert and special events venues.
The Riviera has hosted many of the world’s greatest performers and entertainers throughout the years and is also available for private functions. Its grand design and beauty make it a perfect location for a variety of events.
with Harry Hudson
Helmet, Front Line Assembly
with Joshy Soul
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Thriftworks, Daily Bread, Statik
HIRE, The Ries Brothers
PHENOM & Emcee Skool
How can I buy tickets to Riviera Theatre events?
- Tickets for all events can be found on jamusa.com and AXS.com. Please be aware that a convenience fee will be charged online and over the phone.
- Tickets may be purchased without a convenience fee at The Vic Theatre’s box office, which is located at 3145 N Sheffield. View the Vic’s box office hours.
- You may purchase tickets for shows at the theater’s box office on the day of the show only if they are available. Our box office opens when the doors open on the day of the show.
- All ticket sales are final.
- Please beware of purchasing tickets from a third party or ticket re-seller. AXS.com is the only authorized online seller for Riviera Theatre shows. We cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased elsewhere and you risk being denied admission. There are no refunds and/or exchanges if your ticket is found to be fraudulent.
I keep missing tickets. How do I know when shows are announced?
Is there parking near the Riviera Theatre?
While the Riviera Theatre does not operate any public parking, there are multiple parking lots within close distance to the theater and some street parking options. There are a number of surface lots nearby, including the city parking lot at Lawrence & Broadway (just west of the train tracks on the north side of Lawrence), the lot at Lawrence & Winthrop, and the Truman College lot on Wilson (west of Broadway).
How can I get to the Riviera Theatre via Public Transportation?
We highly encourage using public transportation. We are conveniently located near the Lawrence Red Line stop. Please use the Google Map below to get specific directions.
Can I attend an 18+ event at the Riviera Theatre if I'm under 18 years of age?
Underage persons can only attend 18 and older events at the Riviera Theatre if their own parent or legal guardian accompanies them for the duration of the show. Proof of parent or legal guardianship relationship is required with valid documents and valid identification.
Could an older sibling, relative or friend's parent accompany my friend or me?
No, the only allowable chaperone is your legal parent or guardian.
Why is a show 18+/21+?
Age limitations are determined by the city of Chicago curfew laws and other factors.
Will I need an ID to attend an event at the Riviera Theatre? What forms of ID are valid?
Yes, you will need a Photo ID to enter the venue during all 18+ and 21+ events or to claim Will Call tickets. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Valid, State-issued, Driver’s License (not clipped or punched VOID)
- Valid Passport
- Valid, State-issued, Identification Card (with photo)
- Valid Learner’s Permit (with photo)
- Tribal IDs
How do I get the best spot?
Please arrive early, especially for sold-out shows. The floor and balcony fill up quickly. Once the floor section is filled, security will direct you to other areas of the venue.
What time do doors open?
Doors typically open 1 hour before show time but please double-check the listing on our website for each event.
Does the Riviera Theatre offer seating?
The Riviera Theatre has a standing room, general admission floor with no seating. The upstairs loge and balcony offer theatre-style seating. Seating upstairs is typically general admission (first come, first served) but please refer to the show pages for more details.
I’m going to a show at the Riviera Theatre, but have a disability/condition/injury/handicap that requires special consideration. What should I do?
Please call 773-275-6800 on the day of the show if you require accessible seating for a medical condition. You can also find any security staff member on the night of the show for assistance. The Riviera Theatre has an accessible bathroom on the main level.
What is the phone number to call about any inquiries?
Please call 773-275-6800 on show days for any inquiries. Please note this phone is only manned on show days.
What is the Riviera Theatre’s camera policy?
Our standard policy allows cell phones and small point and shoot cameras only (no detachable lenses or digital SLRs). Flash photography is not permitted at any time.
Photo policies may change depending on the performer or at the discretion of management.
What is the Riviera Theatre’s recording policy?
Video or audio recording is not allowed at our events, however, this policy may change depending on the performer or at the discretion of management.
Does my child need a ticket?
A ticket is required for all persons 2 years of age or older.
What if I left an item in coat check, forgot to close my tab, or lost an item at the Riviera Theatre?
Please call 773-275-6800 and leave a message to inquire about lost items.
What is the Riviera Theatre’s animal policy?
Except for registered service dogs, animals are not allowed in the Riviera Theatre.
Can I bring my purse or bag to a show?
The only bags allowed inside must be smaller than 12 inches by 12 inches. If your bag is larger, you will not be allowed to bring it inside the venue and it cannot be held at will call. Please note small bags will be searched upon entry.
What other items are not allowed into the Riviera Theatre?
The Riviera Theatre bans guns on the premises. Also prohibited are any other type of weapon, selfie-sticks, large umbrellas, outside food & beverages, cameras with an external flash or detachable lenses, audio/video recording devices, outside food or drink, e-cigarette and vapes, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and other items subject to the discretion of management. Laptops and tablets are also not allowed. If a prohibited item is found, you will be required to secure it elsewhere or dispose of it before entering the Riv. Coat check will not hold these items for you.
Can I use my cell phone during a performance?
Cell phones' ringing can be highly disruptive; please set your phone to silent during all performances. Please limit photo-taking during the performance so everyone around you can enjoy. Please limit phone calls to the lobby or other common areas.
Do you sell food and beverages?
A variety of beverages, including water, wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks, are available for purchase in the theatre. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Only small, empty, reusable beverage containers will be allowed inside.
What are your security procedures?
Our staff is committed to creating a safe and pleasant experience for all guests. Professional security personnel will check IDs and search bags for prohibited items. Additional screening may be required. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the show start time.
Can I go outside during the show and come back in?
There is no re-entry once you have exited. There is no designated smoking area.
Can I rent the venue for an event?
Please visit our venue rental page here.