Frequently Asked Questions
How do i access the harris theater and where do i pickup my tickets?
Each patron must present their performance ticket to gain access to the lobbies at the Harris Theater. All box office services (purchasing tickets, picking up will call) are available at our street level entrance on Upper Randolph, prior to having tickets scanned. Tickets will be scanned adjacent to our Box Offices at each entrance. If you have purchased multiple tickets, please plan accordingly — distribute tickets to your party in advance or have your entire party present. If you park in Millennium Park Garage, please take the parking garage elevators to street level ( Level 7) and enter through our Upper Randolph entrance at 205 E. Randolph. Please be prepared to show an ID when picking up tickets. Patrons utilizing Print-at-Home ticketing can bring a print-out of the ticket or use the PDF attachment on your smartphone. We recommend taking a screenshot of your ticket(s) to avoid connectivity issues. The email with your tickets has the subject line “Your Print at Home Ticket from Harris Theater”.
Does the Harris Theater offer parking validation?
Discounted parking validation for Millennium Park Garage is available at the Harris Theater Orchestra level box office for all ticket holders prior to curtain, during intermission, or following all performances. With validation, parking in Millennium Park Garage is only $20 for up to six hours allowing you ample time to attend the performance and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants. Rates are subject to change at the sole discretion of Standard Parking.
Is there an ATM close by?
There is an ATM in the parking garage lobby on level 1 of the theater (level 2.5 of the parking garage), managed by Standard Parking. ATMs are located across the street from the Theater at the AON Center and in Millennium Park at the Park Grill.
Can I easily find a taxi from the theater?
Our location near Michigan Avenue ensures that you will find taxis with relative ease. There is also a taxi stand across the street from the Harris Theater.
When should I arrive?
We strongly encourage you to arrive at least a half hour prior to curtain. This will provide you with plenty of time to park your vehicle, pick up your tickets and use the facilities. If you find yourself with more time, you may visit the Guthman Gallery on the Orchestra level and enjoy the concessions up to an hour prior to curtain without feeling rushed.
We try our best to begin all concerts on time. Late seating policies vary from performance to performance based on the desire of the performing Company and the Harris Theater Front of House Manager. Some Companies do not allow late arrivals. In some instances, to help reduce distracting noises during the performances, Companies will designate pauses in the program when late arrivals will be able to be seated. If you arrive late, you can listen to the concert over the monitors in the Theater lobbies. However, we recommend that you wait close to your seating area’s entrance so that we can seat you as soon as the pause occurs. Unfortunately, some concerts have no late seating. If you have to leave a concert before its end, please do so between program works. Readmission is not always guaranteed.
How long is a typical performance?
Program length varies, but a typical performance lasts about two hours, including one intermission. Most other events run about the same length, some a little shorter, some a little longer. You can always call us at 312.334.7777 for an estimated length.
What Can I bring into the theater?
For the comfort, safety, and security of all patrons, the Harris Theater requests that patrons arrive early and travel light as you may be subject to search. We ask that our guests avoid bringing unnecessary items to the venue.
The following items are permitted inside the theater: Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand but no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
The following items may be prohibited inside the theater: briefcases, backpacks, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, containers, packages or any purses and bag larger than the permissible size.
Management reserves the right to impose bag check at their sole discretion, as well as inspect, search or seize any item carried into the Harris Theater. Violators will be denied access or evicted at management’s discretion.
Cellphones are permitted in the theater, but the use of cellphones during the performance is strictly prohibited. Violators will be removed from the venue.
Can I take pictures?
Unfortunately, the use of cameras, cellphones, as well as other recording devices are not permitted in the Theater.
Can I bring my children?
All persons entering the venue, including babes in arms, must have a ticket. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for your child. Generally, children eight years old and over are welcome but depends on the performance. There are a number of family programs throughout the season which may be appropriate for younger children. You may inquire with the box office about age appropriateness for particular programs.
Please be aware that disruptive patrons, including children, will not be allowed to remain in the theater.
What programs are playing at the Pritzker Pavillion?
Although we are adjacent to the outdoor concert venue in Millennium Park, our box office does not sell tickets for these events. For the most up to date information on events at the Pritzker and throughout the park please visit millenniumpark.org or call the Welcome Center at 312.742.2963.
Why does the Harris Theater charge a handling fee?
Unlike most commercial venues, the non-profit Harris Theater does not take a percentage of the ticket revenue. All ticket revenue from box office and web sales is given to the companies performing at the theater. The handling fee ensures that the Harris is able to support a full-time box office including staff, software, equipment, postage and web services for the companies without increasing the companies’ rent at the theater. For more information about the mission of the Harris Theater please visit our About the Harris Theater page.
Can I refund my tickets if I’m no longer able to attend the performance?
The Harris Theater does not accept refunds for performance tickets.
Tickets may be donated for shows presented by the Harris Theater in the Harris Theater Presents, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Family, MIX at SIX, or Beyond the Aria performance series as a tax-deductible contribution. To donate your tickets, please call the Box Office at 312-334-7777 or visit in person. You can make this tax-deductible donation any time up to two hours prior to the performance.