With the help of incredibly gifted musicians, Candlelight is lighting up some of Chicago’s most stunning venues this spring. The magical combination of sensational live music and the golden glow of candlelight make these concerts an experience you’ll want to have again and again.
Impressive venues across the city including Stan Mansion, Wicker Park Lutheran Church and Music Box Theatre are setting the scene for this series of wonderful Candlelight concerts. Sit back in some of Chicago’s most beautiful locations and hear how songs from classical and contemporary artists are coming to life at these enchanting concerts by Candlelight.
Table Of Contents
- Stan Mansion: A Timeless Relic
- Wicker Park Lutheran Church: A Sanctuary in Wicker Park
- Music Box Theatre: Shows Under Artificial Stars
- Salvage One: A Showroom with Style
- Chopin Theatre: A Historic Gem
- Arts Center: A church turned museum
- Café Brauer: A venue in the wild
- Bohemian National Cemetery: Founded in 1877
Stan Mansion’s 32-foot high ceiling and ornate decor are just some of the charming features of this beautiful venue that holds a great deal of history. The venue is one of the few remaining Chicago buildings that help us learn more about the city’s long history with the fraternal organizations known as the Freemasons. Built in 1843, the building was originally constructed to house a chapter of the Knights Templar. Nowadays, Stan Mansion hosts intimate Candlelight concerts and extravagant weddings which is certainly a far cry from its original purpose.
Wicker Park Lutheran Church’s most impressive feature is the collection of magnificent stained glass windows that allow the sun’s rays to illuminate the church’s grand hall. When light hits these windows, colors of emerald, crimson and cobalt blue radiate through this historic venue. While candles flicker and music plays, watch how the glimmering glow of candlelight illuminates the religious items dotted around the hall including the beautiful replica carving of the Lord’s Supper that sits above the altar table.
This historic theater was originally built in 1929 and hosted movie screenings of the latest blockbuster films to come out of Hollywood. The eccentric combination of Italian and Spanish decor, most apparent through the round towers and selection of faux-marble statues that surround the theater, only adds to the charm of this marvelous venue. And as if this place wasn’t magical enough, the dark blue ceiling comes equipped with twinkling lights that replicates a starry night sky. Who needs an open-air palazzo when you have Music Box Theatre?
By day, Salvage One stores and sells indoor and outdoor furnishings. By night, this 60,000-square-foot showroom transforms into a remarkable venue that hosts birthday celebrations, weddings and of course, Candlelight concerts. Exposed brick and gorgeous salvaged glass windows surround this spacious venue that’s ready to light up with the magic of Candlelight this spring.
In addition to magical music performances, Chopin Theatre hosts book signings, movie Q&As, art exhibitions and even interviews with important political figures. Reformed in 1991, the theater is surrounded by artwork and photographs of acting greats that have graced the stage throughout its 100-year history. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Candlelight concert in one of Chicago’s most historic venues.
The Arts Center of Oak Park is a Neoclassical architectural gem built in 1916. It features caramel leaded glass windows and gorgeous torchieres in the foyer, whereas the upstairs auditorium has a built-in Kimball pipe organ and Baldwin grand piano. The spacious venue is ideal for recitals, lectures, receptions and as of late, intimate concerts by candlelight.
Located at the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo, Café Brauer overlooks the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk that’s teeming with a lively pond ecosystem. When inside, look up at the vaulted skylit roof that lets you listen to soothing melodies performed by classical musicians while looking up at the twinkling night sky. Immerse yourself in the glow of Candlelight while surrounded by some of the lushest green spaces that Chicago has to offer.
Bohemian National Cemetery: Founded in 1877
Established in the 19th century by members of the Czech community in Chicago, Bohemian National Cemetery is known for its limestone gatehouse and columbarium niches, which contain photographs, artwork and other mementos of the individuals whose ashes are stored there. In the cemetery, you can also find a Chicago cubs columbarium, added in 2009 for the team’s fans.
Iconic songs from classical and contemporary artists are coming to life at these magnificent venues in Chicago. With mesmerizing live music performances and hundreds of glimmering candles lighting up some of the city’s most beautiful settings, these Candlelight concerts are sure to wow Chicagoans this spring.