THE LOOP — Today's the day.
Tickets for the Chicago production of the wildly popular Broadway musical "Hamilton" go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
They're available online and at the PrivateBank Theatre box office — where a huge crowd is assembled, including many people who camped out overnight.
Tickets range from $65-$180 for regular performances, with some premium seats and higher prices during the holidays.
Fans can buy up to six tickets per household online, by phone at 800-775-2000 or in person at The PrivateBank Theatre. The show will also have a day-of-show lottery of $10 tickets for 44 first-row and box seats.
The show is set to run Sept. 27 through March 19 at The PrivateBank Theatre.
Show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a video announcing the ticket sales earlier this year.
"Chi-Town, birth place of Kanye West, Common Sense, Chance the Rapper — some of the best hip-hop in the world and the source material for Kander and Ebb's best musical," Miranda declared. "We're coming to see you first."
"Hamilton's ghost insisted we open at the PrivateBank Theatre," he joked. The musical's protagonist, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, made his mark on history developing America's national bank.
While season and group tickets have been available for months, Chicago's theater crowd has been practically foaming at the mouth in wait for the single-ticket sales.
In New York, tickets start at $139, but overwhelming demand has them reselling for more than $1,000 each.
The Windy City certainly caught Hamilton fever, particularly since the Chicago production was announced in December. This spring, the Lincoln Park Zoo got national attention for naming its new camel Alexander Camelton as a nod to the record-shattering production.
The Illinois Attorney General's Office and producer Jeffrey Seller warned of fake "Hamilton" tickets, which has been an issue in New York. Officials advise fans to buy tickets from legitimate websites and read the site's policies and fee information before buying.
"It's tempting to get tickets any way you can," Seller said. "There are many sites and people that are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets."
Miranda, meanwhile, has pledged to help Chicago schoolchildren see the show. Already, he received a $1.5 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to bring 20,000 New York kids to the show. While Rockefeller isn't paying for Chicago kids, Miranda told Complex "we're duplicating that program in Chicago."
"I'm just trying to get as many people to see 'Hamilton' as possible," he told the magazine. "Everyone is like, 'Film it and put it on TV,' but that's not the thing. The thing is seeing it live."
According to The New York Times, the show in New York is making about $600,000 per week in profit after recouping the $12.5 million it cost to launch the show. The Chicago presentation could generate $80 million, the Times estimated.
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