Soul music is filled with strong emotions, much like the comment box at a hotel whose "continental breakfast" is just cereal. Feel the passion with this Groupon.
- $69 for one G-Pass to see Aretha Franklin (up to $98.94 value)
- When: Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m.
- Where: The Chicago Theatre
- Section: balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
- Her undisputed nickname: The Queen of Soul
- Her ranking on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Singers: #1
- Halls of Fame she's been inducted into: three—the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012
- If the number of Grammy awards she's won were a person's age, that person would be: able to vote in his or her first election
- Also the winner of: the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Her signature song: "Respect," penned by Otis Redding and lauded as an anthem for civil rights, feminism, and spelling bee champions
- Other chart toppers: "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Think," "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," "I Say a Little Prayer"
- Artists who have cited her as an influence: Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson
The Chicago Theatre
The beaming vertical letters of "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theatre, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre’s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story-high, 3,600 seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show.
As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America's first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared "The Wonder Theatre of the World." Beyond its silver screenings, the theatre became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multi-million dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world's most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.
The Chicago Theatre
175 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601