Tips For The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

October 2, 2010 2:38 PM


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Symphony Center

220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 294-3000

What To Wear:

Where whatever makes you feel comfortable. There is no set dress code, but dressing semi-formal is a good rule of thumb. At most concerts you’ll see a majority of concert-goers in business or business casual attire.

Getting There:

You should plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. Downtown events can affect day-of-concert traffic, so public transportation is always a great option. The CSO is located on 220 S. Michigan Ave. close by the CTA and a short walk from Metra stations in the loop.

When do I applaud?

If you are unsure about when to applaud at a CSO performance, just play it safe. When you arrive you will notice in your program book that many musical works have multiple movements — or sections. While a short pause often follows each movement, it is customary to refrain from applauding during these pauses and wait until after the final movement of a work to begin clapping.

How long is a typical performance?

Most performances are about two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. To confirm a particular concert’s late seating policy, please call us at (312) 294-3000 for updates.

Can I bring a cell phone?

Visitors with cell phones, or other electronic devices are requested to turn them off before entering the concert hall.

How can I learn more about Symphony?

Learn more about the Symphony at The CSO staff will be able answer any additional questions you many of you have the concert you will attend or have just experienced, the CSO, or classical music in general.

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