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Genesee Theatre

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Address: 203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
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+1 847-263-6300
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12:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The historic Genesee Theatre is a 2,400 seat entertainment venue located in...

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.

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Great theater

Awesome theater to watch shows in. Its got a lot of history and sass. Would certainly recommend. The area might not be the best where it is located, however there are a lot of... read more

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11 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Awesome theater to watch shows in. Its got a lot of history and sass. Would certainly recommend. The area might not be the best where it is located, however there are a lot of patrol cars out there just for that reason. Advise - Park close to the theater and you'll be fine.

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Mundelein, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to see Marlon Wayons comedy show and this was our first trip to the historic Genesee theater. Great place to see a show, any seat is a great seat. Holds about 2000 people. We will be back for sure!

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Stephanie, thank you for the excellent review and thrilled to hear your first experience with us was a great one! Hope to see you back real soon! More 

Wadsworth, Illinois
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, I remember going to the Genesee Theatre 50 years ago. Today's version is cleaner, brighter and better. You will not be disappointed from any seat in the house.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Wow, David - thank you for the wonderful review! A lot of hard work and love goes into making the theater what it is - and we're so happy it doesn't go unnoticed! More 

Kansas City
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115 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to see Tommy James and the Shondells at the Genesee Theatre last week. This venue is a gem. Intimate and fully renovated. Very friendly staff. Acoustics were great! Tommy James is still rocking it after more than 50 years.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review! We hope to see you back for another show real soon! More 

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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first time to Genesee Theatre. The whole place has been beautifully restored. It was a treat to see. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The cost was very reasonable. The parking was close. The only thing I didn't like was that you are sitting so close to everyone. I felt like a sardine, and I didn't... More 

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - good and honest! We always appreciate the feedback. Hope to see you at a future performance! More 

Zion
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Completely restored historic theater. Stunning decor and amazing acoustics. Some really great shows at a reasonable cost.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Lisa, thank you for the great review! More 

Wisconsin
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Highly recommend this venue. Been to many others. Keep doing what you are doing. I will be back asap..cant wait.!!!!

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 Star Review! We can't wait to see you back! More 

Grayslake, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Place is great, a step back in time. Parking is cheap, lots of police, just no where to eat before the show nearby. Shows are kind of pricy too, but nice intimate theatre compared to larger venues.

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Elizabeth A, Customer Relations at Genesee Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of restaurants near the theater. We find that people usually eat outside of Waukegan before getting to the show. Hope to see you back at a future show real soon! More 

Waukegan, Illinois
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

My wife and I went to the Genesee Theatre last week and again was awed by the beauty of the theater. I know they went over budget when rebuilding it, but it was well worth it. Really beautiful work done inside with several chandeliers to add the finishing touches. Also the sound system was excellent as we enjoyed the bands.... More 

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John, thank you for the 5 Star Review. A lot of love and hard work goes into our business, so we're glad you noticed - and once again had a great experience! Can't wait to have you back for Tommy James & The Shondells! More 

Waukegan, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I warn anyone buying tickets on line be sure you are getting them from the theater not a scalper. I overpaid for our tickets and was annoyed. Since we live in Waukegan and live this theater I will buy them at the box office in the future.

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Geoffrey, thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry this happened and appreciate you sharing your experience to hopefully guide new ticket buyers. Hope to see you back at the theater real soon! More 

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