3145 N Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
The Vic Theatre, designed by architect John E.O. Pridmore, opened in 1912 as the Victoria Theatre. It took three years to build the luxurious five-story vaudeville house. The lobby floor and staircases are still Italian marble, and the interior still has most of the original ornate wall sculptures. The acoustics are near perfect, and the balcony has wonderful sight-lines.
Today the Vic Theatre is located in the Central Lakeview area, an eclectic neighborhood which is home to great restaurants, theater, and shopping.
Starring Bob The Drag Queen and Money X Change
with Molly Burch
with The Wrecks
April + VISTA
How can I buy tickets to Vic 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 our box office. See above for our box office hours.
- 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 Vic 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 Vic Theatre?
While the Vic Theatre does not have any parking, there are a few parking lots within close distance to the theater and some street parking options. Please try the parking garage across the street at 3130 Sheffield Ave.
How can I get to the Vic Theatre via Public Transportation?
We highly encourage using public transportation. We are conveniently located near the Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line stop. Please use the Google Map below to get specific directions.
Can I attend an 18+ event at the Vic Theatre if I'm under 18 years of age?
Underage persons can only attend 18 and older events at the Vic 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
Do you accept credit cards?
Our bars accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. There is also an ATM inside the venue.
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 open 1 hour before show time.
Does the Vic Theatre offer seating?
The Vic Theatre has a standing room, general admission floor with no seating. The upstairs Mezzanine and balcony offer theatre-style seating. Please refer to a specific show for exact information, but for some shows, the Mezzanine is general admission, and for some shows it is a separate ticket.
I’m going to a show at the Vic Theatre, but have a disability/condition/injury/handicap that requires special consideration. What should I do?
Please call 773-472-0449 on the day of the show if you require handicap seating. You can also find any security staff member on the night of the show for assistance.
What is the phone number to call about any inquiries?
Please call 773-472-0449 on show days for any inquiries. Please note this phone is only manned on show days.
What is the Vic 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 Vic 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 Vic Theatre?
Please call 773-472-0449 and leave a message to inquire about lost items.
What is the Vic Theatre’s animal policy?
Except for registered service dogs, animals are not allowed in the Vic 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 Vic Theatre?
The Vic 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 Vic. Coat check will not hold these items for you.
Can I use my cell phone during a performance?
The ringing of cell phones 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.
Call (773) 472-0449 for information.
Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed (Unless there is a concert at the Vic on a Sunday then the box office opens at 3pm)
Extended hours on concert nights. The closing time hours listed above only apply on non-concert nights.
We accept Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover cards. No checks.
Questions about tickets?
Contact us at [email protected]