Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world.

In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe.



    Learn about each musician's unique journey to this incredible musical destination, as well as those of the many guest artists that will visit Symphony Center to perform this season.

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    An online resource that offers information about the Orchestra—its illustrious history and its current news.

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    An extensive collection of audio-visual materials, programs, photographs, newspaper clippings and administrative records.

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    Visit the CSO Archives Blog