Hamilton in Chicago Details
The runaway Broadway hit Hamilton was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Historian Ron Chernow. With a book, lyrics and music by the multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana and In the Heights), Hamilton has been recognized by fans and critics alike as the musical that transformed Broadway. Hamilton has received near universal acclaim since it opened in Public Theater (2015) and shows no signs of slowing down. After unprecedented success on Broadway, Hamilton began its first US Tour in 2017 with great success.
Hamilton’s storytelling style is part of what makes it uniquely appealing to audiences of all ages. With catchy dialogue that is sung and rapped throughout, Hamilton takes a part of history and weaves it into a modern narrative that bring the life of one of America’s most famous founding fathers to life. Ticket sales have been an extraordinary success, with many shows completely sold out in the first twenty-four hours. Hamilton’s Broadway run was so successful, it broke an existing Broadway box office record for the most money grossed in a single week, earning $3.3 million in November of 2016. Following Hamilton’s rousing success on Broadway, the show launched its first US Tour in 2017, its second in 2018, and the third in 2019. Hamilton has been running in Chicago at the CIBC Theatre since September of 2016. Originally projected to run two years, Hamilton will close its Chicago run in January of 2020 after running for more than three years.
The CIBC Theatre originally opened in 1906 under the name “Majestic Theatre”. A popular venue for vaudeville in its early years, this popular theater hosted a dozen vaudeville acts six days a week for nine hours a day. Some of the most famous vaudevillians to grace the stage were Harry Houdini, Fanny Brice, and Lily Langtry. The theater closed in 1932 due to the Great Depression and reopened in 1945. When the theater was remodeled between 2005 and 2006, the adjoining office building was converted into a hotel. Though the theater and the hotel now share a building, there are separate entrances.
Since its premier in 2015, Hamilton has been nominated for more than 70 awards, bringing home more the 50 wins. Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Ton Award Nominations in 2016, winning 11 awards. Hamilton also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album that same year, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hamilton’s soundtrack has had its own success, reaching the number 2 spot for the Billboard 25 Best Albums, and the number 8 spot for the Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums, both in 2015.
How much does it cost to see Hamilton in Chicago?
It will typically cost fans a bit more than $250 on average to secure a ticket for Hamilton in Chicago.