Where is Thalia Hall located?
Are you near the CTA?
Yes, we are 5 blocks east from the 18th street Pink Line stop. The 18th street bus #18 stops at the corner of 18th and Racine, a half block east of Thalia Hall.
I’m driving. How do I get to Thalia Hall?
GPS users may use the coordinates: 41°51’27″N 87°39’26″W
FROM I90/94 Kennedy / Dan Ryan Expressway
Exit West 52C on 18th
Take a right on Halsted
Take a left on 18th
Take a left on Allport to get to the front entrance of the venue
@ 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL
FROM 290 Eisenhower Expressway
Exit South 29B onto Ashland Ave.
Take a left on 18th
Take a right on Allport to get to the front entrance of the venue
@ 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL
Where do I park?
Valet parking available most nights up to 5 hrs - $20 w/ validation.
18th street offers meter parking, while Racine does not require permits or meters. Free street parking is also available along the train tracks on 16th street between Ashland and Racine. As always, please respect our neighbors.
How can I purchase tickets for Thalia Hall?
When is the box office open?
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final. No refunds unless a show is cancelled, in which case ticket buyers will be informed ASAP.
What type of payment does Thalia Hall accept?
The box office and bars accept CASH, VISA, Master Card, American Express and Discover. The merchandise counter accepts CASH only. An ATM is located in the merchandise room inside the venue.
Can I use my smart phone to present a ticket?
Yes, our ticket scanners can scan your ticket barcode from your smart phone. Please present the original ticket file, screenshots of tickets are usually difficult to scan.
How can I transfer my tickets to a friend?
How old do you have to be to attend shows at Thalia Hall?
Unless otherwise noted as 17 or 21 plus, shows at Thalia Hall are All Ages. A minor can attend any show as long as accompanied by a legal guardian.
My child wants to attend an all-ages show at Thalia Hall – should I let them?
Heck yes. The Empty Bottle and SPACE team have been presenting all-ages shows at various outlets for many years. We have a full security staff both inside and outside the building. Ultimately the decision to let your son or daughter come to a show here is up to you as a parent. We encourage attending a show with your child so you can get a first-hand experience of how we take care of our patrons. We’re confident that once you’ve seen our operation you’ll feel comfortable about allowing your child to attend incredible shows at Thalia Hall.
Do I need ID to enter the venue if the show is all ages?
An ID is required if you plan on drinking alcohol. In compliance with Illinois state laws anyone 21 and older who plans on drinking alcohol will have to show a valid, non-expired, government issued photo ID, even if you look as old as a dinosaur. Anyone without proper ID, regardless of age, will be treated as under 21 and not allowed to buy, hold or drink alcohol. Anyone in violation of these laws will be immediately ejected from the venue.
Does Thalia Hall have seats?
Unless a show is advertised as seated, our shows are general admission and standing room only on the main floor. Balcony tickets are always seated and that will be noted as a separate ticket purchase option for some shows. A very small number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis under the balcony. Patrons with special needs should call in advance to make arrangements, we are happy to accommodate.
How do the Opera Boxes work?
The original 1892 design of Thalia Hall included 4 private opera boxes on either side of the theater’s proscenium stage. The opera boxes offer a unique and memorable experience for groups of up to 6 guests, and we’re making them available for select shows. The price includes admission for up to 6 guests. All guests must be respectful of opera box rules, and once guests have checked in the box passes are non-transferable. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
How is seating assigned for seated shows?
Shows that offer a General Admission Seated Floor ticket will have seats for all ticket buyers. Those seats will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis when doors open for that evening’s performance. Guests should plan to arrive early to get the best seats, or to ensure that a large party is all seated together. Ticket holders that arrive after the performance has begun will be seated at the discretion of the house manager.
Do you have handicapped seating available?
Our venue is ADA compliant, both the main floor and balcony are handicapped accessible and we are happy to accommodate you. Our door staff will be able to help with elevator use if necessary and help you find the best spot based on your ticket.
When does the show actually start?
The time listed on your ticket and on the purchase page of the website is the time doors open. Doors typically open an hour before show time. Please keep in mind that show times and set times, as well as opening acts, are always subject to change without notice.
What time should I get there for a good spot to see the show?
We like to think that there is not a bad spot in the house at Thalia Hall, but if you’re one of those folks who needs to be right up front we suggest you be in line when doors are opened. Keep in mind that no matter how early you line up, you might not be the first person there, and you are not guaranteed any particular spots inside. You can also head to Dusek’s/Punch House before the show – they are open before doors where you can enjoy food and drink specials. As always, when lining up outside, please respect our neighbors. Anyone causing damage to property, littering, loitering, or breaking any law will be removed from the premises and not allowed entry to the show.
What can I eat at Thalia Hall?
Try our downstairs neighborhood restaurant Dusek’s Board and Beer which offers a complete dinner menu as well as a late night menu for after the show. Please note that food may not be brought up into Thalia Hall and so it is recommended that you sit down for dinner an hour and a half before you plan on heading up to the show. Most nights, we have popcorn, hot dogs, chips, candy and more available inside the venue for you to enjoy during a show.
What can I drink at Thalia Hall?
We have 3 full bars located within Thalia Hall offering a diverse selection of both draft and bottled beers along with your favorite spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, and of course hand-crafted punch courtesy of Punch House. NO OUTSIDE DRINKS ARE ALLOWED into the venue, but most nights you are welcome to bring in drinks from Dusek’s and Punch House.
Do you have a dress code?
We require that you wear clothes and shoes. Personal items that could be considered dangerous or contraband will not be allowed in the building. Purses and bags will be searched prior to entry, no exceptions.
Can I smoke inside?
Nope, sorry. Illinois has an indoor smoking ban. However, most nights we will allow re-entry.
For the safety of all patrons, every attendee is subject to a bag search and metal detector screening. Any dangerous, distracting or destructive items including but not limited to the items listed below may be prohibited at the discretion of law enforcement / security officials:
No weapons of any kind including pocket knives and self defense sprays
No illegal drugs, illicit substances, or drug paraphernalia
No balloons, beach balls, confetti, flags, drones, fireworks, laser pointers, air-horns or noise-making devices, selfie sticks, flyers/handbills, stickers, spray paint, or other dangerous, distracting or destructive items which may be prohibited at the discretion of law enforcement or security officials. Use your best judgment, but if it’s questionable, ask us.
We do not allow outside food or beverage including alcohol (Note - For most events, drinks purchased from Dusek’s, Punch House, or Tack Room can be taken into Thalia Hall).
No professional cameras, video or audio equipment will be allowed without express permission from the artist/venue.
What can/can’t I bring into the venue?
I have a blog and want to cover the show, can I get a press pass?
Thalia Hall doesn’t issue press passes or photo passes. All press inquires should be directed to the band’s publicist, label or management. Unfortunately, we are not authorized to give out that information.
I want to take photos for personal use and/or for a blog or publication, am I allowed?
Recording policies are at the artist’s discretion and change night to night. Signage will be posted in the venue for each show regarding any restrictions. You may bring your camera though be advised you might need to check it for the duration of the show.
Can you suggest a hotel?
How can I be included on the e-mail list?
To receive our weekly e-mail updates that include information on just announced shows, yet-to-be-advertised shows, exclusive pre-sales as well as community events, just enter your e-mail in the Connect sign-up box on our home page.
Where can I find information about upcoming Thalia Shows?
Your best starting place is www.thaliahallchicago.com. Follow @ThaliaHallChi on Twitter, @thaliahallchicago on Instagram, and like us on Facebook for updates, giveaways and hook-ups to all of our events.
Who should I get in contact with about show booking and details?
Do you host special events or weddings at Thalia Hall?
Yes! We host events of all types including but not limited to corporate events, birthday parties and weddings. You can inquire about all of event spaces and get more info HERE!
I left/lost a personal item at Thalia Hall, do you have a lost & found?
You didn’t answer my question!
That’s not a question! If you need more info please don’t hesitate to contact us directly for more info. Please send an email to email@example.com. We will do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion.