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Rubloff Auditorium

Historic and Handsome

Rubloff Auditorium side viewConsider the Chicago History Museum's Rubloff Auditorium for your next shareholder meeting, training session, lecture, film screening, or concert.

Click on image at right for a larger view.

The Wrigley Gallery

Adjacent to the Rubloff Auditorium, the Wrigley Gallery is perfect for receptions prior to or following a program in the auditorium.


The stage is 25 x 42 feet with two sets of portable steps from the stage to the main floor. Black velvet curtains screen off the backstage area. There are also two dressing rooms, a rear projection screen, and a 24 x 11-foot white screen available.

The House

Four hundred forty seats are arranged in three sections around a 25-foot proscenium stage. Acoustical engineering permits use with or without sound system. Portraits of prominent Chicagoans adorn the walls.


Several small, dimmable chandeliers provide general illumination. Onstage lighting consists of six white, red and blue track lights. These are controlled by a lighting board backstage.


Our projection booth can accommodate rear projection for laser disc and VHS. Additional equipment includes slide projectors, two 16mm film projectors, audiocassette player, reel-to-reel tape player, hearing assist, and an excellent full house sound system. Also available are microphones, a podium, and a grand piano.

Minimal technical support is available from the Museum. Clients are advised to bring their own staff.

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