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16 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 trict and another in Edgewater, but many of the city's best-known theaters are in the down- town theater district. DOWNTOWN THEATER DISTRICT Broadway in Chicago operates five theaters in the city, and three of them are historic: the Bank of America Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre and the Oriental Theatre. Although the 1906 Bank of America Theatre is the oldest, the 1926 Oriental is a crowd favorite. The Oriental's elaborate architectural details make it a Taj Mahal of theaters, and the Indian-inspired interior, which boasts statues of Buddhas and lions, has been described as "hasheesh-dream décor." When it originally opened as a movie picture house, turban-wear- ing ushers showed guests to their seats. Broadway in Chicago offers Saturday morning tours of its three historic theaters for groups of up to 70 people, though the tour may include only two theaters if one is dark. Guides talk about each theater's history, the unique architecture and former shows that played there. The theaters most often host touring Broadway productions but occasionally get concerts or a pre-Broadway premiere. The Oriental will once again have "Wicked" over the holidays, and Broadway in Chicago will bring back "The Color Purple" next July. The Chicago Theatre, with its iconic marquees, and the elaborate 1889 Auditorium The- atre, which mostly features dance performances, concerts and speakers, are both "amazing," Clapp said, and both also offer behind-the-scenes tours. Also in downtown, the Goodman Theater, Chicago's oldest and largest nonprofit theater, will remount "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" next summer. EXPANDING PRODUCTIONS When the Chicago Shakespeare Theater moved from its space above the bar to its home on Chicago's famed Navy Pier, it also expanded from Shakespeare to include musicals, new plays and international productions. The theater company is expanding again, adding a third, year-round performance venue called The Yard to its existing two-theater campus. The cov- ered outdoor venue will feature movable towers with audience capacities of 150 to 850. Pro- ducers will be able to arrange the towers, each with three levels of seating, around the stage By Adam Alexander, courtesy League of Chicago Theatres Chicago Theatre EXPLORE THE MUSEUM PLAY Make it a day of music, art, and entertainment at the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum, which proudly operates the iconic letterpress shop Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B, offering tours that combine hands-on participation, history, and inspiration for fans of all ages. #PressPlayRecord • #CMHOF50 • @CountryMusicHOF Downtown Nashville • © EPE. Graceland and its marks are trademarks of EPE. All Rights Reserved. Elvis Presley™ © 2017 ABG EPE IP LLC Featuring an All-New, Immersive Enter tainment Experience GRACELAND.COM/GROUPS • 800-238-2010 GROUP R AT ES A V A I L A B L E VISIT GRACELAND ® IN MEMPHIS

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