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Genesee Theatre

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Kinks Concert

Very pretty venue. They have bands, movies, dinners, alcohol, haunted adventures and much more... read more

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Susie L
Gurnee, Illinois
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What a great theater!

Not a bad seat in the house! Parking only $10 for the BeeGees tribute band. It was such a fun time... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
South Florida
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“main floor”(5 reviews)
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...more
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203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085-4221
+1 847-263-6300
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Reviewed today via mobile

Very pretty venue. They have bands, movies, dinners, alcohol, haunted adventures and much more. It can be affordable or pricey depending on the event. Parking can be tough unless you're willing to walk.

Thank Susie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a bad seat in the house! Parking only $10 for the BeeGees tribute band. It was such a fun time! People started dancing in the space in front of the stage and they weren't in anyone's way doing so. I wish I would've known...More

Thank ChiCubsFan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Older theater,with very nice renovations the seats are very comfortable,the site line to the stage are very good even from the last row on the main floor. The sound quality varies from show to show I give it a C+ for the shows I attended...More

1  Thank playbyplay
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Everything looks spectacular concert was great they really did a nice job renovating the theater. We had a great time

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I've enjoyed attending Genesee since it reopened. I was a subscriber the first couple of years. The verity of shows cover all ages and genders. I was

Thank jj1450xl2018
Reviewed 7 August 2018

There's not a bad seat in the house. Sound was awesome and many of the performers are ones we've enjoyed before but on much bigger stages. Intimate and well worth the money.

Thank Ed Z
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The location is in downtown Waukegan and the area was well lit. Police presence was excellent due to the somewhat traffic congestion/parking as the event was well attended. Chick Corea was able to be seen from the seating area, along with the band and it...More

1  Thank panjtrin1
Reviewed 8 July 2018

amazing theater small and great sound! Saw Wilson Phillips here and it was fantastic. Nice everything including parking

Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Lovely well maintained 1920s theater. Didn't feel like there would be a bad seat. Meter parking on the street or parking garage $10.00. We would return.

1  Thank IllinoisKate1
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Always a great time in this theater turned into a live music and play stage. Easy parking and restaurants nearby!

Thank reasley173
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Marty S
6 March 2018|
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Response from J S | Reviewed this property |
I have been to the GT often. It is a great venue. There typically is a wine/beer bar set up just past the entrance where you scan your ticket and a full bar in a room on the right after you scan your tickets. You can take... More
Cheryl C
26 October 2017|
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Response from J S | Reviewed this property |
Hope you were able to get info from the theater.
27 September 2017|
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Response from ElizabethA3575 | Property representative |
Appreciate you writing in! We do offer this easy to read document with some nearby restaurant suggestions. If you go to the Genesee Theatre website, click Plan Your Visit then Area Restaurants, you'll be able to get some... More