203 North Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
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About Us

Unique. Exquisite. Intimate.

The Genesee Theatre is a truly beautiful and unique location for any occasion. Originally built in 1927 and recently renovated, this venue is an historic hot-spot for live entertainment, weddings, corporate functions, holiday parties, and a variety of special events.

The Genesee Theatre offers a number of locations suitable for the very special occasion –

The Stage
Treat your guests to a once-in-a-lifetime experience when you host your event on our 4600 sq. ft. Main Stage. Complete with stage lighting and theatrical dressing, you and your guests will get the "Star" treatment from First Act to Finale. On your wedding day, imagine walking down our center aisle under the stunning auditorium chandelier and taking your vows on stage while your guests enjoy the drama and romance from the best seats in the house. After "I Do", the red and gold gilded curtain rises to reveal your magical reception, ready to receive you and your guests for an evening of dining, dancing and celebration!

The Grand Lobby
Our sumptuous Grand Lobby, adorned with original Italian marble tiles and two winding staircases, is a magnificent location for an intimate wedding ceremony or a smaller gathering of friends and family. The 18-foot tall Baccarat crystal chandelier suspended overhead enhances the charm and intimacy of this most unique space.

The Lounges
We have a number of auxiliary rooms connected to the main auditorium that are perfect for receptions, birthdays, high school reunions, corporate dinners, cocktail parties, or any other festive gathering, meeting or presentation. Completely renovated and beautifully appointed, these lounges can accommodate almost any style event with comfort and ease.


Languages Spoken
Guest Capacity
Up to 300
Guest Capacity - Indoor
Up to 300
Reception Guest Capacity - Indoor
Up to 300
Onsite Venue Services
Ceremony SiteFull Bar AvailableFull Service Wedding PackagesOnsite CateringOnsite ParkingOnsite Wedding Coordination
Venue Style
Venue Type
Other Venue Type