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Genesee Theatre

203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
+1 847-263-6300
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Beautiful old theater with a cozy feel!

The Genesee is a great place to see a show! It is a beautiful old theater, and it feels cozy and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ws1017
A great theater.

You would not expect such a great restoration. From the beautiful lobby with huge chandelier to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David J
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The historic Genesee Theatre is a 2,400 seat entertainment venue located in Waukegan, Illinois. Located along the northern shore of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Genesee Theatre is a hub of activity for Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hosting a variety of music, comedy, and dance, the Genesee marks Waukegan as a destination for high-quality entertainment once reserved for major cities. The Genesee was built in 1927 as a vaudeville stage and movie palace before being restored in 2004 to its modern glory as a live entertainment venue boasting one of the largest stages in the Midwest, an acoustically dynamic auditorium, and a beautifully restored grand lobby for intimate and elegant events.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
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+1 847-263-6300
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Genesee is a great place to see a show! It is a beautiful old theater, and it feels cozy and intimate even though it holds a large audience. The sound quality has been great at all of the shows we have seen there, and...More

Thank ws1017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You would not expect such a great restoration. From the beautiful lobby with huge chandelier to the retro seating, this place is really a gem.

Thank David J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived quite early, and the staff made sure we were comfortably seated in the bar area before the show. Everyone was very helpful and friendly, and the theater was comfortable. We will definitely come back.

Thank lks5k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a bad seat in the house. Sound and lighting is fantastic. This renovated theatre is amazingly beautiful with comfortable seating. Staff is friendly and helpful. Alcohol is available. Parking is a breeze, in and out in no time.

Thank Toni H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I performed here recently. It's a beautiful, well maintained, professionally run theatre with a storied history. The staff and crew were all professional, friendly, helpful, and proud of their venue. I can't wait to return!

Thank genehardy
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We have attended many different conferences at this location. A great venue with great viewing main floor to balcony

Thank kkday1
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The Genesee Theater is Lake County's best prize possession. They have a lot of shows. Many varieties- comics, concerts, variety shows. Big names as well: Kristin Chenoweth, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, BNLs, GooGoo Dolls, Theresa Caputo to name a few. They several bars inside so...More

Thank J S
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for detailed and great review! It's definitely our goal to make the experience of attending the Theatre as easy and pleasant as possible! Can't wait to see you back!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Genesee Theater is a wonderful theater equivalent to going to a show in Chicago. It's such a great location when you live in the northeast part of Illinois. You don't have the traffic/parking issues like Chicago.

Thank CJ0K
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for the excellent rating!

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Love the shows at this theater. Good seating. Nice that you can get a drink. Parking is free on the street if you can get a spot. We just go early and grab a bite at a nearby restaurant! Nice little treasure!

Thank Loonyteach
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for the kind compliments and 5 Star Review!

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

The best theater for live performances as well as concerts. It is beautiful and elk kept. For a night or or a date night is a perfect spot worth lots of different shows.

Thank Elizabeth M
Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for the 5 Star Review! We continue to try to make The Genesee Theatre the overall best reason to get out of the house.

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Appreciate you writing in! We do offer this easy to read document with some nearby restaurant suggestions. If you go to the Genesee Theatre website, click Plan Your Visit then Area Restaurants, you'll be able to get some... More
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Catch a Metra Union Pacific North Line commuter train at the Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Canal Streets. The train ride will take about 1 hr. 20 minutes. Buy your ticket in advance to avoid the penalty fee... More
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