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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is an orchestral group that is based in Chicago and resides and performs in Chicago?s Orchestra Hall. This orchestra group was founded in 1891 and has often been referred by people within the industry as part of the ?Big Five? orchestras that are still active within the United States.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has played for various events including the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, the Ravinia Festival. The group was founded by Theodore Thomas and Charles Norman Fay with their first performance happening at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra also happens to be one of the oldest orchestras in the United States which includes other orchestras including the New York Philharmonic orchestra, the Boston Symphone Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The group has also received a lot of rave reviews from their past performances as well as some big awards including numerous Grammy awards. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a total of sixty two Grammy Awards that was given to them by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The orchestra Hall which has long been the residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has become an important part of the Symphony Center. It was designed by noted architect Daniel H. Burnham which saw the completion in 1904.

While it has been a great stop for visitors of Chicago, there are other things that people can do while visiting Chicagos? Orchestra Hall and catching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Families can learn and appreciate music through the AIM initiative or Adventures in Music. Kids can also learn a great deal about music with the help of the CSO Family Matinee Series and finally kids and their parents can also catch the Symphony Center?s Special Concerts dedicated for younger audiences.
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