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Concert Halls

Concert halls must be fully accessible to people with disabilities. That includes providing communication aids.


As for hard-of-hearing people, every person has a different type of hearing loss, so taste in musical venues will vary, but certainly there's a lot to enjoy about music!


Music often accompanies a live play, so the story, acting, set, lights and costumes will also provide enjoyment. On the other hand, classical music is generally straight music and therefore appeals less to the other senses. Someone with profound deafness would probably only enjoy a show with visual appeal—a rock concert is fun because of the strong vibrations, light shows, dancing and counter-culture dress.


The Civic Opera House in Chicago has made every level wheelchair accessible. They have approximately 50 assistive listening devices, and ushers can assist anyone who needs a hand. The Civic Opera House is at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 419-0033. Click here for the website. 


Symphony Center in Chicago is accessible on every level except the first balcony, and they have approximately 40 assistive listening devices. Ushers and staff are happy to help anyone enjoy the evening's musical program. The Symphony Center is located at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60603; phone (312) 294-3333. Click here for the website.


Call the music halls in your area to find out the logistics.