McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 425 fawell blvd glen Ellyn IL 60137 USA

Mission: The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community.
Geographic areas served: Chicagoland and suburbs

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Subscribers to BTE for several years, we have also attended many performances at the main stage over the years. I honestly cannot recall being disappointed at anything we attended at the main stage. However, the Susan Werner/John Gorka performance on March 26, 2010 stands spectacularly out. Both performers obviously enjoyed each other and the audience. Their music and repartee were uniformly wonderful. We can only hope that the MAC will do its best to return both performers, preferably together, back on an annual basis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending, most often, performances of BTE. Most of the plays we've seen were well acted; although we didn't always enjoy some of the plays selected(e.g.,Innumerable Scenes of Halloween). Our experiences at the main stage were inevitably posititive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Mac and the Buffalo Ensemble theatre group are 2 of the hidden gems of the western suburbs.Quality programming,reasonable ticket prices and ample free parking bring us back year after year.The programming is eclectic enough to pique the interest of adults and children alike.We always eagerly anticipate the announcement of the new performing arts schedule for the upcoming year. Kudos to the director and staff of the Mac for a job well done.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My wife and I have been season ticket holders for years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Diversity of entertainment.Willingness to try new venues and formats (eg. cabaret performances/ seating with alcoholic beverages for sale).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful and courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

REplace some of the concert venues in Chicago.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

We attend about 8 shows a year at the Mac, and just saw White Ghost Shivers. Virtually all our selections are thumbs up and 5 stars - the variety and quality and price make it a gold mine in west-suburban entertainment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Mac programming - early subsciption notice, wide variety, quantity discounts (and seniors), and really great performances. They do a great job selecting the programming. Kudos to Steven Cummins!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I cannot even think of a suggestion for improvement!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

We regularly attend student productions, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble productions, and music events at the Mac. The quality of the productions is always outstanding. The venue itself is new, comfortable, accessible, and friendly - plenty of parking, etc. And they serve refreshments! This is surely one of the best entertainment values in all of Chicago-land!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are well-organized, provide quality entertainment, and always deliver a great value.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

We have been "MAC" fans for years. As a family our outstanding memory is seeing the late, great Marcel Marceau in performance on the main stage. Other memorable performances include Angels in America, simultaneous productions of Hamlet and I Hate Hamlet, Hubbard Street Dance, Chuck Mangione, Judy Collins, Jim Belushi, many great jazz and blues performances. Our children were introduced to theater through McAninch children's programs. Now as young adults they remain patrons.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

expanding my appreciation of theater, opera, dance.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The blend of national touring and student art education.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and welcoming. The ticket box staff are helpful, but more importantly, willing to exchange tickets to the extent possible. This is a great value for many of us whose schedules are constantly changing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1 Build a bigger theater. 2. Expand art and cultural education and opportunities for the public rather than cut these.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

In an economy where the 'Finer things in Life' are not always within our budgets, the MAC provides the most bang for the buck in Chicagoland. With top talent from around the world, and creative shows developed at COD - it's a shame to think of overlooking it. Of course, you could always go into Chicago; shell-out 'Broadway-style' ticket prices, fight traffic, pay $20 to park, and skip dinner for the privilege . . . or you could take a peek at what's happening right in the heart of DuPage County.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Concerts, Plays, and Stand-up comedy

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't know

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Easily accessible, fair ticket prices, great variety

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly ticket people, and truly dedicated front office

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a new dedicated facility that it deserves

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't missed Pat Metheny, who was at the MAC for a whole week while they set-up their national tour.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably budget, but maybe venue age

One thing I'd also say is that...

COD was where John Belushi got his start back in the early 70's. It's the best place for breeding the local talent of our western suburbs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We find ourselves going to more and more events at the MAC. The caliber of the performers is so high. There have been so many excellent performances. Parking is easy, and free. There's good restaurants nearby. Not a bad seat in the house. Good sight lines and good acoustics. Prices are reasonable. A great value. Everything about going to the MAC is good.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

excellent quality and value of events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been Friends of the MAC for a number of years. We purchased our first subscription to the New Philharmonic concerts when we were looking for an alternative to driving into the loop to Symphony Center. We were impressed right away with the quality of the musicians and programming and have been loyal fans ever since. We were nervous when Musical Director/Conductor Harold Bauer retired and was replaced with Kirk Muspratt, but we have to admit Kirk has brought a new energy and enthusiasm that we enjoy immensely. We always look forward to our dates for concerts and have become annual attendees to the New Year's Eve galas - great fun! The dance and jazz performances supplement our regular attendance at the MAC. And, its all only 10 minutes away from home.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its musical diversity, accessibility, and high/consistent quality. We always feel welcome and much appreciated!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The MAC is one of the top performing arts venues in all of Chicago. The range of programming covers every aspect of both the performing and visual arts. From mainstage productions to the intimate Theatre 2 venue, The MAC provides the cultural programs that consistently enrich our lives, challenge one's thinking and captures the imagination... The performances are always top rate and the staff make the MAC a warm and friendly experience. With plenty of free parking and easy access to major highways from anywhere in the city...what's not to like??

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I am personally and professionally involved in the arts and The MAC provides diverse exposure to artistic experiences that cannot be readily found in one place without making the trek into the city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

What a great venue to watch top ranked entertainment. A very comfortable seat (more like a comfy chair), every seat with a close view of the stage. I have been to the Mac for many performances for I believe over 20 yrs now. Many well known acts have come here and you feel as if they are entertaining you in your own living room. It is especially a treat to be able to see the entertainer as well as hear them. Simply the finest theatre around, including the free ample parking. I have seen entertainment that ranges from my daughters early dance recitals, to national acts such as Penn & Teller, Mark Farmer of Grand Funk, Pat Matheny, Awesome other musical groups too many to list here.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Always a clean comfortable building to appreciate the entertainment they present

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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