Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Calling All Uptown Chicago Hipsters (ok... Indies, too)

Uptown Chicago Riviera Theatre
The Riviera Theatre In Uptown Chicago

The Riviera Theatre in Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood is perhaps the most iconic concert venue on the city's North Side. Here are a few local (and historic) facts:

*Location: 4746 N. Racine Avenue

*CTA 'L' Stop: Red Line -- Lawrence Avenue (or get off at Wilson and run like hell for two blocks)

*Built: 1917 as a neighborhood movie house

*Seating Capacity: 2500

*Architectural Design: French Renaissance Revival by Rapp and Rapp

*1917 Ticket Price: $0.10 for 'Cleopatra'

*2014 Ticket Price: $60.25 for 'Wilco'

*Hip Factor: 8 on a 1-10 Scale (gotta knock off points for no AC in the summer)

Additional notes: as I mentioned above, it can get a little stuffy in there (especially in August) so you may want to tuck a flask of H2O into your summer flannel--but there is a bar in the back if you're so inclined, i.e. age 21+ and not in a 12 Step Recovery program. Also, word is: 'Security' can get a little rough at times so behave yourself. Remember, it's Uptown and they're not above yanking you to the sidewalk by your lumberjack beard.

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