Chicago live theatre's total economic impact is $347 million annually (as of 2002):Figures recently released by the League approximate $347 million in annual economic activity for the State of Illinois for 2002, up from $164 million in 1996. This impressive statistic is highlighted in "Live Theatre is Big Business in Chicago," a compilation of industry statistics, presented in an easy-to-read brochure, supporting the League's belief that Chicago's live theatre industry is a major asset to the growth of the Chicago economy(from PerformInk). A summary of League theatres is here.
The whole study can be downloaded as:
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