The Apollo Theater Chicago was built in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1978. Located at 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., the Apollo has 440 seats and a lobby featuring art exhibits and a full bar. It is currently the home of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet and the home of the Emerald City Theatre Company.
The Apollo Theater Chicago is not the first Chicago theater to bear the name Apollo. In 1921, A. H. Woods (who also owned the Woods Theatre) opened the Apollo Theater in the Chicago Loop District, at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets. Originally operated as a playhouse, the Apollo was sold in 1927 to United Artists Corporation, and (as the United Artists Theater) became a debut venue for United Artists releases. The theater was closed in November 1987, and demolished in 1989. Designed by the architectural firm of Holabird and Roche, the theater was notable for its incorporation of elements of the Greek Revival style. Notable productions at The Apollo include David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago starring Jim Belushi, Balm in Gilead with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, the long running play The Vagina Monologues, and A Nutcracker Christmas written by children’s recording artist Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World and G. Riley Mills.
The Apollo Theater Chicago has no relation to the Apollo Theatre in New York City.