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On June 13 or June 16, learn about the architecture, history and famous people that have made Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District a global destination for entertainment, from the mid−19th century to today.

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

This program will be hosted on Zoom. You will receive an email directly from Zoom on the day of the program with details about how to access and view it.

If you don’t receive the Zoom link three hours before the program please contact

When was the last time you were in any of our beautiful Loop theatres? Whether it was months, years or decades ago you’ll learn something new about the Loop Theatre District at this fascinating program.

Concentrated along Randolph Street in Chicago’s Loop and home to landmark venues including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the James M. Nederlander Theatre, this bustling strip reflects the trends and preferences in live performance from several eras. Docent Robin Simon will outline the district’s history and share some interesting facts about the ways it has evolved and continues to change.


Robin Simon

Robin Simon has been a CAC docent since 1997 and is a lifelong theater fan. She leads 12 different walking tours in the Loop and neighborhoods and is Tour Director for Razzle Dazzle: The Loop Theater District. Her favorite building types are department stores, hotels, train stations and “big old theaters.” Robin also serves as a Community Educator for the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. When not volunteering, she consults with consumer products firms on forecasting and marketing analytics. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA/BS and has an MBA from the University of Chicago.