Theatre and Shows

Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
312-922-2110

The Auditorium Theater Council, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, is committed to presenting the finest in international cultural and community programming to Chicago and to the continued restoration of the historic national landmark Auditorium Theater. Highlights of the upcoming season include The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Nutcracker, DanceAfrica, Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir, Nana Mouskouri, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Riverdance–The Show, and much more.


Bailiwick Repertory Theater
Bailiwick Arts Center
1229 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
773-883-2017

One of Chicago’s many fine repertory theatres.


Black Ensemble Theater
4520 N. Beacon
Chicago, IL
773-769-4451

Black Ensemble Theater


Briar St. Theatre/Blue Man Group
The Briar Street Theatre
3133 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773-348-4000

The Blue Man Group is a creative organization dedicated to creating exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of mediums. Paint, home-made instruments & live music collide in this outstanding show. Everyone in the family will be talking about the Blue Man Group for years to come!

Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as “ground-breaking”, “hilarious”, “visually stunning” and “musically powerful.” These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. People from all over the world, from all walks of life and from all age groups have become fans of Blue Man Group’s show in New York, Boston, Chicago, and most recently Las Vegas.

Blue Man Group is also known for its unique style of music which is played on a variety of invented instruments. Blue Man Group’s debut album, AUDIO has been released on Virgin Records and was recently nominated for a Grammy in the category “Best Pop Instrumental Album.” One reviewer called it “a glorious wall of sound.”

Make sure you see a show of one of the world’s most-innovative performance artists. You won’t forget the Blue Man Group. Have a good time!


Cadillac Palace Theater
169 W. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60602

Cadillac Palace Theater


Chicago Opera Theater
70 E. Lake St., Suite 540
Chicago, IL
312-704.8420

For 26 years, Chicago Opera Theater has been advancing the cause of opera as a vital, living American art form, developing the artists who creat it and expanding the scope and diversity of the audience. Operas, which are performed in English, are presented at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport.


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
800 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL
312-595-5600

Formerly known as Shakespeare Repertory Theater, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is Chicago’s only professional theater dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. In a single decade, it has grown into Chicago’s third-largest nonprofit producing theater, after the Goodman and Steppenwolf. World-renowned directors, the country’s finest actors and designers, breathtaking costumes, music and special effects are brought together to produce highly theatrical, accessible Shakespeare–the hallmarks of the company’s work.


Chicago Theater
175 N. State
Chicago, IL 60601
312-443-1130

Chicago Theater: one of the finest theaters in the City.


City Lit Theater Company
410 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60603
312-943-9446

Chicago’s premiere theater devoted to the adaptation of literature to the stage, City Lit has presented the best of literature from Edith Wharton to P.G. Wodehouse, from April Sinclair to Anton Chekhov. Over the last seventeen years, the company has garnered over 25 Joseph Jefferson Nominations and 16 Joseph Jefferson Citations.


Goodman Theater
170 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60601
312-443-3800

The Goodman Theatre, recipient of the 1992 Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is Chicago’s oldest and largest resident theater. It was established in 1925 and has been producing high quality professional theater ever since.


Live Bait Theater
3914 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60613
773-871-1212

Smart, funny and thoughtful.

Sound like the perfect date?

Well, it’s also the perfect theater.

You can come as you are, the prices are reasonable, and you can’t beat the location. So visit us in the Lakeview neighborhood, at 3914 N. Clark Chicago, IL 60613. Our phone number is 773-871-1212.


Lookingglass Theater Company
2936 North Southport, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-8088

It is the mission of the Lookingglass Studio to provide creative and affordable theater arts classes to Chicago’s youth. In a nurturing and safe environment, young people are encouraged to grow in personal self-esteem while exploring the creative process within a community of their peers. Sequential classes and workshops are designed to ensure that every student receives personal attention from professional theater artists and teachers.


Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
773-325-1700


Oriental Theater/Ford Center for the Performing Arts
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602
312-855-9400

Broadway in Chicago. This historic Oriental Theatre has been magnificently restored and reopened as the Ford Center of the Performing Arts.


Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
312-988-9000

The Royal George, one of the city’s more important traditional medium sized theatres. It’s got a great Lincoln Park location, a wonderful layout (the seats are well-spaced, the room is not too large, and there really is not a bad seat in the house), and generally popular shows (including the blockbuster Angels in America and barbershop revue Forever Plaid).

A recognized name in the theatre community and one of the busiest spaces in the city, the Royal George also houses a smaller studio theatre, which traditionally stages an open run comedy or musical, and a good Greek restaurant, Petros Dianna’s is located off the lobby.


Second City
1616 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL
312.337.3992

Taking its name from the title of A. J. Liebling’s derisive profile of Chicago in The New Yorker, THE SECOND CITY opened on December 16,1959. Success was instantaneous. Before the startled actors knew it, they were inundated with praise from the press, including Time Magazine, which called The Second City “a temple of satire”. Chicagoans packed the place every night and the small club became a “must see” stopover for out-of-towners.

The Second City’s roots can be traced to a small group of students from the University of Chicago theatre department in the early fifties. That group included Paul Sills, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Zohra Lampert, and Sheldon Patinkin. After sharpening their skills at the University Theatre, this band of young politically active actors and writers left the south side campus for a second floor ex-chop suey house at North and LaSalle streets and, along with David Shepherd, Barbara Harris, Ed Asner, and Byrne and Joyce Piven, created The Playwright’s Theatre Club. By 1954, with more than 25 productions to their credit, The Playwright’s Theatre Club closed.

In 1955, Shepherd and Sills regrouped to create, the now legendary improvisational group, The Compass Players, to play local Chicago nightclubs. Meanwhile, some new faces had joined the old crowd, including Shelley Berman, Severn Darden, Roger Bowen, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Alan Arkin. By the time they broke up, The Compass Players had become the launching pad for the Broadway success of Nichols and May, as well as the cabaret and concert fame of Shelly Berman. In the fall of 1959, Paul Sills joined forces with Howard Alk and producer Bernard Sahlins to once again establish a permanent home for an improvisationally based theatre group. They approached the owner of a shuttered Chinese laundry on the edge of Old Town and asked to rent his building. It took some persuasion, but once open the doors of The Second City have never closed. Though still far short of being venerable, The Second City has become a North American theatrical institution. Writing in The New York Times, Clive Barnes was prompted to state that, “the entire recent tradition of American theatrical satire can be summed up in three words: ‘The Second City’.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650 1998

Recipient of the National Medal of Arts: Celebrating its 25th Season, Steppenwolf Theatre is a nationally acclaimed not-for-profit theater which prides itself on providing consistently excellent theater that encourages the artistic growth of both actor and audience.


The Shubert Theater
22 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

One of Chicago’s finest theaters.


Theater on the Lake
Fullerton at Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL
773-327-5252

Enjoy Chicago Theatre – with a Lake Breeze. The Chicago Park District Presents cutting edge performances from Chicago’s diverse theaters. Performances every week in June, July & August.


Tony n Tinas Wedding
230 W. North
Chicago, IL 60614
312-664-8844

A popular parady of an Italian wedding, Tony n’ Tina’s wedding draws people in from all over. Check it out!

Its playing at 230 W. North, at Piper’s Alley. Have Fun!


Victory Gardens Theater
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
773-871-3000

For 25 years, the voice of the playwright has always taken center stage at Victory Gardens. Home to more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, Victory Gardens enters its 25th anniversary season with an unwavering commitment to new voices in American theater and Chicago playwrights.