Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, currently known as Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, was first known as the World Music Theatre, also formerly New World Music Theatre & Tweeter Center, is one of the nation’s premier amphitheatres. Situated in the heart of Chicago’s metropolitan area, it is one of the biggest music venues in the nation, boasting a capacity of 28,000.
Since 2006, the venue naming rights were acquired by First Midwest Bancorp in 2006 – 2015. It has since been renamed to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre as of July of 2015. In 1990, the venue hosted its very first artist, Cher, during her Heart of Stone tour.
The venue has showcased some of the biggest big bands in the industry, such as Phish, Disturbed and Rush. This year you can expect some of the most popular artists in the world: Van Halen, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tim McGraw, Nicki Minaj, Def Leppard, Rascal Flatts & more!
The venue has reserved seating as well as a general admission lawn area. Most of the reserved seating is under the pavilion roof from sections 101-105 & 201-208. There are some seats towards the back of the 200 level that are not covered. Reserved seating is assigned by section, row & seat number. If you are seated in the pavilion, ushers will check your ticket EVERY TIME you enter the pavilion, so keep your ticket accessible. Patrons sitting in the 100 sections will use the lower crosswalk to access their seats & to leave the pavilion. The upper crosswalk is used for patrons seated in the 200 sections as well as the lawn area. All seat numbers run from right to left when facing the stage. The lowest seat number will be on the right, while the highest seat number will be to the left.
Floor boxes can be found behind the 100 sections & are numbered from 101-160. These seat numbers also run from right to left. This area is elevated enough to have a clear sight line to the stage & over the reserved seats in front of the boxes.
There are 2 levels of sky suites which are above the lower crosswalk. The 200 & 300 levels are accessible by stairs or elevators on either side of the pavilion which require a sky box ticket to access.
Tickets in the lawn area are always general admission and can be accessed from the upper crosswalk. The lawn area is on an incline to improve stage visibility but for most shows there are jumbo screens on either side of the stage so everyone can view the performance.
The general admission pit area is situated in front of section 103. For most shows, seats in rows A through S are removed to make room for the pit. Seats located behind the pit are typically elevated enough so patrons can see over the standing room general admission area
Items PERMITTED in this venue include:
– Snack food in clear plastic gallon-size bag or 6-pack size soft sided cooler.
– Factory sealed water up to a gallon in size
– Low profile beach chair (no taller than 9” off the ground.)
– Backpacks (subject to change based on event.)
– Diaper bags when a child is present.
Items NOT PERMITTED in this venue include:
– Lawn chairs over 9” from the ground
– Laser pointers
– Wallet chains
– Ice chests
– Beach balls
– Outside food or beverage (except as noted above)
– Video and audio recording devices (unless otherwise noted)
– Personal cameras ARE allowed in the venue.
– Flash photography, video and removable lens cameras ARE NOT permitted without approval from the venue.
**PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are subject to change and are at the discretion of management**
There are no age restrictions. Children under 2 are admitted free, but must sit on a parents lap. Parents are encouraged to use reasonable discretion as some concerts may not be suitable for children.
From Chicago & Northern suburbs – Take I-94 East to I-57 South to I-80 West to Harlem. Travel North on Harlem to 183rd St. Travel East to Oak Park and travel South to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
From the Northwest & Western suburbs – Take I-294 South to I-80 West and exit at Harlem. Travel North on Harlem to 183rd St. Travel East to Oak Park and South to the facility.
From the West & Joliet – Take I-80 East and exit at Harlem. Travel North to 183rd St. Go East to Oak Park and South to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
From the East & Indiana – Take I-80 West to I-57 South to Vollmer. Travel East to Cicero, North to Flossmoor & West to Ridgeland.
From the South and Kankakee – Take I-57 North to Vollmer and travel East to Cicero. Go North to Flossmoor & West to Ridgeland.
A parking fee is included with the price of your ticket unless otherwise noted.
Platinum & Gold VIP lots can be found outside of Gate 6. Guests must have a pass or be on the parking list to access these lots
Guests holding VIP tickets can enter through the separate express gate if there’s a line at the main entry gate. VIP ticket holders will also be able to enjoy access to the VIP Club which is a separated bar/patio area with wait-service & private restrooms.
The Green Room
The Green Room is similar to the VIP Club since a separate pass is required for entry. Doors to the Green Room open at the same time as the doors to the main gate & offers complimentary beer/wine/soda/light appetizers until the main act’s starting time.
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