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Oprah Winfrey - Free Tickets in Chicago

How to get free tickets to the Oprah Winfrey Show

line Oprah Show is filmed at the Harpo Studios In Chicago UPDATE: The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago is no longer in production. To see the latest list of TV shows in the NYC area CLICK HERE

The Oprah Winfrey Show Closing

The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago closed on May 25th, 2011. It remains one of the highest-rated talk shows in American history. The Harpo Studio, home of the talk show, was demolished in 2016 to fortify operations at the new Los Angeles OWN headquarters.

The Oprah Winfrey Show Season:

The Oprah Show season starts in August and continues thru November. They break for the holidays and then start taping again from January till May, then take a hiatus thru the summer.

TV Show Schedule:

The Oprah Winfrey Show tapes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 AM and at 12:00 noon CST.

TV Studio Location:
The Oprah Show is shot at the Harpo Studios in Chicago. The Harpo studios are located on the west side of Chicago, ten minutes west of the loop - just west of I 90/94 and north of I 290.
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Audience Entrance:
The audience must enter the studio at 1058 West Washington - at the corner of Carpenter and Washington streets. Street parking and commercial lots are within a short distance of the entrance. The show does not pay for your parking.
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Ticket Booking:

To get Oprah TV show Tickets , you must make a reservation by calling 312-591-9222, Monday through Friday, between 9:00am - 5:00pm, CST. If the number is busy, they ask that you keep trying. The audience department can also be contacted on 312 633-0808
Please note that the show goes on hiatus during the summer months so there are no show tapings and the reservations department is closed. They re-open in early August and start taking reservations for September and October.
Don't try calling directly after a show, the lines are jammed for hours.

Buying Oprah Tickets From A Ticket Broker
The Oprah Show would like us to point out that Oprah Show tickets are always free and you should never pay for them. It may, however, take you a few hours to get thru on the ticket hotline because of constant busy signals, but they don't really care about that. As a solution to the problem of constant busy signals, ticket brokers in Chicago can get you a ticket quite easily, so you don't have to spend endless hours of your time on the phone - In fact this was the only way we could get a ticket to the Oprah Show.

We did a test where three of our staffers spent 2 hours each trying to get tickets to the Oprah Show on the Oprah Ticket hotline. Each staffer had two phone lines and used the auto-redial continuously after getting a busy signal. You would think that with that amount of dedication we would have been successful, but alas we were not. Obviously with our TV show contacts we could have just called the line producer directly to get tickets, but that would have been cheating - and that's not an option for you. In the end, we called a Chicago ticket broker and they managed to get us 2 tickets to the Oprah show in 2 minutes flat, for the grand sum of $40

So its clear that ticket brokers are a far better bet than using the Oprah Ticket Hotline - Something Oprah Winfrey doesn't like, but it is in fact a reality.
If you have endless hours and patience to waste then please go ahead and use her phone line. As far as the ticket brokers are concerned, please don't ask us who the ticket brokers are, Oprah may sue us - Look in the Chicago phone book under ticket brokers and tell them we sent you.

Oprah Ticket Line Popularity
Not surprisingly, demand for Oprah tickets far exceeds supply, especially after the Pontiac car giveaway where GM gave away 276 Pontiac G-6 sport sedans to Oprah's audience - valued at 7 million dollars. Although It was a great short-term win -win for both parties, it may make the Oprah Show seem like a charity show, many people see it as a sign of the end of the show and she is giving back to her fans before she closes up shop.

Mail in Tickets:
Mailing in for Oprah Tickets is definitely not available, you must call the telephone number above.

Standby Tickets:

For the longest time standby tickets for Oprah were not officially available, but reports have surfaced where they have distributed tickets to standby lists when large audience groups have failed to arrive. Our lawyer says we cannot confirm nor deny this statement - The Oprah Show is so litigious, we dare not risk it.
Recently they have admitted to allowing local Chicago residents to sign up for standby tickets via email, but you will only get 1 or 2 days notice on these standby tickets. Sometimes the standby's get on line, but they do not get into the show.

Studio Address:
Harpo Productions
1058 West Washington Blvd
Chicago IL 60607-2103

Age Requirements:
You must be 16 or over to attend the show. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent and must show a  birth certificate for verification. Please ask for details when you make your reservation. All audience members must have a valid government photo ID (EG Drivers License) to enter the studio.


The Oprah show is broadcast daily on weekdays in syndication, which means it is sold to the highest bidding TV channel in your area.