• Chicago, IL


  • Entertainment + Cultural


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Planning


  • Christopher Groesbeck, Principal
Christopher Groesbeck

Arie Crown Theater

As part of a Master Plan Expansion Program and Retrofit of the McCormick Place Complex, VOA provided architecture and interior design services for the renovation of the Arie Crown Theater. The largest of four theaters at McCormick Place, Arie Crown Theater seats 4,000 people. The renovation provided an updated and dynamic new aesthetic as well as significantly enhancing the visual and technical elements of the space including the acoustics and lighting.

VOA was awarded the 1999 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award for their work on Arie Crown.

The transformation of the Arie Crown Theater, one of the largest indoor fixed-seat theaters in Chicago and renowned performance venue for theater, music and convention events, was accomplished by conceiving the “architecture with the architecture” of the landmark McCormick Place East Building. Enhanced acoustic, sound, lighting and theater sight lines foster a dynamic dialogue between the existing and new. Innovative integration of the architectural language expresses the history and the wonder of theater of this iconic Lakeside location.

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