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Broadway In Chicago

In Chicago for a weekend? See Broadway in Chicago! Chicago is known as one of the largest theatrical cities in the US, and debuts many Broadway shows - new ones and revivals alike.

  • Cadillac Palace Theater: Located in the Loop, the Cadillac Palace is a place where you can dress up for a night out on the town and see the best shows straight from Broadway! Be sure to get your tickets in advance to any of the Chicago shows that play at this theater, because it's one of the most popular theaters in town!
    This season: Les Miserables, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, War Horse, Peter Pan and Catch Me If You Can will all be playing at the Chicago Cadillac Palace.
  • Auditorium Theater: A part of Roosevelt University, and our Chicago theater directory, is known for opening in 1889 with perfect acoustics and architectural ingenuity by Sullivan and Adler. Come check out all of the wonderful theater shows in Chicago at The Auditorium Theatre.
    This Season: Enjoy productions from the Joffrey Ballet, and shows like Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Downtown Theatres

There are many theaters in Chicago at which to see a variety of shows. Below are a few theaters from our Chicago theater directory organized by location. We also have a longer Chicago theater listing which offers guests a variety of venues, local dining suggestions, and spots to purchase tickets.

  • The Chicago Theatre: Known for its iconic C-H-I-C-A-G-O marquee, and for its great theatrical seasons, this listing on our Chicago theater directory is among the most prominent and famous. This Chicago theatre is certainly one of the city's best.
  • Goodman Theatre: Founded in 1925 and relocated to the North Loop Theatre district, the Goodman Theatre offers patrons one of the greatest venues for theater shows in Chicago. The Goodman Theatre is definitely listed on our Chicago theater directory and constantly offering ground-breaking shows. Check the theatre's official website for upcoming shows, tours, and student discounts!
  • Briar Street Theatre: The official home and theatre of Blue Man Group, this fun, energetic show offers a great experience to the entire family. Come on out and love the music, rhythm, comedy, and paint that is a part of this performance.

Other Chicago Theatres

For a spectacular night of Chicago theatre, check out our Chicago theater directory and take a look at many theaters in Chicago. Our listing offers a variety of choices depending on the types of shows you're looking for- be it comedy, play, musical, or symphony.

  • Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire: Listed on our Chicago theater directory, the Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire offers patrons an intimate theatrical experience. This particular theatre was built in the round and is known for debuting many shows and showcasing children's theatre.
  • Bank of America Theater: Originally known as the Shubert Theatre when it opened, and now the Bank of America Theater, a wide variety of performances take place on this stage. This theatre is mainly known as a Broadway venue since many shows have debuted and toured here.
  • Apollo Theater: This theater is home to many family friendly Chicago shows, right in the heart of the ever-popular neighborhood, Lincoln Park. Don't miss a chance to see a show with the whole gang - you won't be disappointed in these!
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For a listing of theaters in Chicago check out our Chicago theater directory! You'll be sure to discover exactly what show and ticket prices you are searching for.

The Windy City is known for its variety of theatre and incredible shows that stop by or debut on its many stages. If you're in Chicago, make sure you get the opportunity to catch a performance.

Enjoy theater shows in Chicago at some of the best theaters in Chicago next time you decide to visit the Windy City!

Be sure to check out the iconic Chicago Theater, The Auditorium Theatre, The Cadillac Palace Theater, just to name a few!

Chicago Theater Directory by Location

DOWNTOWN | LINCOLN PARK | OTHER CHICAGO | SUBURBS

DOWNTOWN/THEATRE DISTRICT THEATERS

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The Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway at Michigan Ave.
See our Chicago Auditorium Theatre Video.

Bank of America Theatre
formerly LaSalle Bank Theatre
22 West Monroe Street at State
Box Office: 312-902-1400
Group Sales: 312-977-1710

The Cadillac Palace Theatre
Visit the Broadway in Chicago site.
151 WEST RANDOLPH
Box Office: 312-902-1400
Group Sales: 312-977-1710

Chicago Chamber Musicians
180 N. Stetson Ave, Suite 1330 Chicago, IL 60601
phone: 312-819-5800 email: janet@chicagochambermusic.org
The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) was founded in 1986 by a group of prominent musicians and chamber music devotees for the purpose of building an internationally-recognized Chicago institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music. CCM reaches more than 500,000 people annually through its 75-plus performance season. For more information, contact publicist, Janet Arvia

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Theaters
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents live theater programming in the Studio Theater and Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street; Storefront Theater in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street, and The Loop Theater, 8 E. Randolph Street.

Chicago Opera Theater
70 E. Lake St. Suite 815, Chicago, IL, 60601
312-704-8414, email: BoxOffice@chicagooperatheater.org
Founded in1974 by Alan Stone, Chicago Opera Theater has carved a significant place for itself in the operatic life of Chicago and has reached an audience of hundreds of thousands through its main stage performances, outreach, education and young artist programs. With each performance, COT strives to advance opera as a vital, living American art form.

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60601
312-462-6300, email: thechicagotheatre@theatredreams.com
The Chicago Theatre opened on October 26, 1921. It was the first large, lavish movie palace in America and was the prototype for all others. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, more than one half of a city block wide, and nearly as long. The vertical sign "C-H-I-C-A-G-O," at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. The Chicago Theatre offers a variety of entertainment, including stage events, concerts, dance, comedy and special events.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
163 East Walton Place Chicago, IL 60611
phone: 866-496-0535, email: info@thedinnerdetective.com
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show is an interactive murder mystery show with a four course sit down dinner. There are prizes for top sleuth and a full cash or credit bar. Shows are every Saturday night starting in October. Call for reservations or visit our website to buy tickets.

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place
175 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611
phone: 800-775-2000
An addition to Chicago's world famous theatre scene, Broadway Playhouse Water Tower Place was previously Drury Lane Water Tower Place. New owners plan an extensive renovation of the 550-seat theater, which is attached to the Water Tower Place shopping mall.

Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.

The Goodman Theatre
170 North Dearborn Chicago, IL 60601
Randolph and Dearborn Streets - committed to presenting the classics with freshness and new vision, and to premiering new plays with dedication and respect for the playwright's art.

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Drive in Chicago's Millennium Park, 312-334-7777,
A private entity within Chicago's Millennium Park, Music and Dance Theater Chicago, Inc. operates this 1,525 seat venue where classical, opera, folk, and chamber music; and ballet, modern, and ethnic dance can be seen on stage.

Hot Tix
72 East Randolph & 163 East Pearson, Chicago IL 60601
phone: 312-554-9800
Hot Tix offers half-price tickets to more than 200 Chicago theaters! Check out what's available today at www.hottix.org  or visit one of our 2 downtown location - 72 E. Randolph (across from the Chicago Cultural Center) and 163 E. Pearson (in the Water Works Visitor Center).

LaSalle Bank Theatre
now Bank of America Theatre
22 West Monroe Street at State
Box Office: 312-902-1400
Group Sales: 312-977-1710

Looking Glass Theatre/Company
821 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago Illinois 60611
312.337.0665
The Lookingglass Theatre Company combines a physical and improvisational rehearsal process centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and the circus arts.

The Red Bar Comedy Club at Ontourage
157 W. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Experience a night of comedy like never before at the expanded launch of The Red Bar Comedy Club, Chicago's newest and only downtown destination for stand-up comedy. The Red Bar Comedy Club's premiere shows will feature Chicago's best comedians in a Vegas-style atmosphere unlike any comedy club in the U.S.

Get your laughs in and your night out on the town for only $10 a ticket. Guests can stick around after the late shows as the comedy club transforms into a night club, enjoying music, dancing and drinks till 4am. No drink minimum!

The Red Bar Comedy Club at Ontourage will now be open every Friday and Saturday night beginning Friday, May 21. For more information, photos or to purchase tickets, please visit www.redbarcomedy.com .

Silk Road Theatre Project
77 W. Washington St. Lower Level
312-857-1234 email: info@srtp.org
Nationally celebrated professional theatre company dedicated to showcasing playwrights of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean backgrounds, whose works address themes relevant to the peoples of the Silk Road and their Diaspora communities.

StoreFront Theatre
66 E Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
312-744-8497, email: g37boxoffice@cityofchicago.org
Chicago DCA Storefront Theater offers downtown audiences the best opportunity for one to experience Chicago's vibrant off-Loop theater scene with an innovative and exciting look at the many diverse theater companies that call Chicago home.

Studio Theatre
77 E Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601 (Inside the Chicago Cultural Center)
312-744-8497, email: g37boxoffice@cityofchicago.org
Chicago DCA Studio Theater offers downtown audiences the best opportunity for one to experience Chicago's vibrant off-Loop theater scene with an innovative and exciting look at the many diverse theater companies that call Chicago home.

LINCOLN PARK

Smaller venues, original, edgier, cutting-edge theater performances

Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport

Blue Man Group
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Briar Street Theatre
3133 N. Halsted at Briar

Lakeshore Theater
3175 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657
Box Office 773-472-3492
The 330 seat Lakeshore Theater, located in the trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, is a great theater featuring many amazing productions. Lakeshore Theater features the country's top, edgy comedians, with current engagements including Sweeney, Doug Stanhope, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford and Scott Capurro.

"We want to provide a venue in Chicago for the edgiest, most challenging, rule-breaking comics working today," -- Chris Ritter, GM & Artistic Director

Instead of the more mainstream fare found at other local theaters and clubs, Lakeshore Theater offers programming you won't see anywhere else in Chicago. For more information please contact the Lakeshore Theater box office at 773.472.3492 or visit www.lakeshoretheater.com .

Park West Theater
Lincoln Park - 322 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL. 60614
Ph: 773.929.1322
A unique 900 person venue, this live concert theater can be arranged to fit nearly any event. From concerts to boxing tournaments, to wedding receptions, to corporate meetings, the Park West has housed it all. See www.jamusa.com  for upcoming concerts at the Park West.

Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted Street at North Avenue
312-988-9000

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted Street at North Ave.
312-335-1650

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago,
phone: 773-871-3000, email: information@victorygardens.org
From its founding in 1974 through the present day, Victory Gardens Theater has dedicated itself to playwrights and their works as well as emphasizing the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of artists. Recipient of the 2001 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Victory Gardens continues to expand on its new works initiative through its 14-member Playwrights Ensemble, as well as work from playwrights who are changing theater in the United States and abroad. Victory Gardens has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater.

OTHER CHICAGO

Aguijon Theater Company
2707 N. Laramie Avenue
(773) 637-5899, email: info@aguijontheater.org
Founded in 1990, Aguijon Theater Company is dedicated to producing Spanish-language and bilingual works.

Annoyance Theatre and Bar
4830 N Broadway, Chicago, IL, 60640
phone: 773-561-4665 email: info@annoyanceproductions.com
Theatre and Bar with casual fun atmosphere in the heart of Uptown. Irreverent and often dirty, Annoyance features edgy alternative original comedy and improvisation, since 1987.

Apollo Theater Chicago
2540 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 -
773-935-6100
email: info@apollochicago.com
The Apollo Theater is located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, just a few miles north of the Magnificent Mile. It is a lush venue with a prestigious reputation in Chicago's theatre community. Its repertoire includes a fresh blend of comedies, musicals, and special events. The theater has 440 plush seats configured in only 12 rows, allowing for intimacy and accessibility. The venue also lends itself to presentations, from lectures to major performances. Its large high-ceiling lobby is suitable for receptions. Special features: On-site audio, risers, convenient to public transportation, parking lot, lighting equipment.

Appetite Theatre Company
1264 W. Winnemac, Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: None.  Email: info@appetitetheatre.com
Appetite Theatre feeds your soul. We blend the human elements of feast and story telling, of drink and socializing, in order to remind people of the basic value these activities impart on our experience. Thought provoking, contemporary theatre presented by emerging talents is the foundation of the Appetite experience.

Arie Crown Theatre
Located in McCormick Place 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

Bailiwick Repertory Theater
1229 W Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
773.883.1090, email: bailiwickr@aol.com
Dedicated to work by new writers and directors, with special programs featuring deaf and gay and lesbian artists.

Beverly Art Center
2407 W. 111th Street Chicago, IL. 60655
773-445-3838, email: mike@beverlyartcenter.org
Multi-venued Art Center. 400 seat state of the art theatre. School of the arts.

Beverly Theatre Guild
312-409-2705
The choice for quality theater entertainment on Chicago's Southwest side!
BTG will be opening their 40th anniversary season at the new Beverly Art Center, 2400 W. 111th St. Chicago, IL. Call for any Questions! 

Black Elephant Theatre
West Stage at Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60663
phone: 800 838-3006
Black Elephant Theatre is an emerging Chicago theatre company committed to providing a compelling theater experience at affordable ticket prices.

Currently running
"Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" on the West Stage at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark

The Black Ensemble Theater
4520 N. Beacon
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-4451, email: blackensemble@aol.com
Jackie Taylor -Executive Director
The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to produce entertaining, educational and enlightening African American theater of excellence that reaches an interracial audience.

Breadline Theatre Group
773-327-6096
Since its 1993 founding by a group of Illinois State students in downstate Bloomington-Normal, Breadline Theatre Group has been a theatre company devoted exclusively to exploding traditional notions of theatre and exploring new theatrical viewpoints through the nurturing of young theatre artists. Performances at Breadline Center for the Performing Arts.

The Cenacle Theatre Company
Information provided by Centerstage Chicago

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
2449 S. California Chicago, IL
773-507-3415, email: CRDToffice@comcast.net
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) is a company that has redefined the concept of a performance ensemble. By uniquely fusing contemporary dance, live music, and visual art together onstage, CRDT performances truly satisfy the senses. Each concert focuses on a new segment of society and a new era, reaching out to ethnically diverse audiences and communities, and expressing stories that span the diversity of American society. Cerqua Rivera is also dedicated to its outreach program through in-school presentations and the Cerqua Rivera Youth Ensemble, a group of local underserved high school students who train, rehearse, and perform with CRDT.

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Cornservatory Theater 4210 N Lincoln Chicago
773-865-7731, cicomedy@hotmail.com
Chemically Imbalanced Comedy showcasing the best and brightest comedy in Chicago. Improv, Sketch, and Stand Up Comedy from all around the city come to perform in our Comedy Showcases. Shows are located at The Cornservatory 4210 N Lincoln in Chicago Tickets are $7 Fri 11pm and Sat 10pm call 773-865-7731 for reservations.

The Chicago Cabaret Project
Hydrate:3458 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657
phone: 773-248-0851
We are a troupe of performers striving to change the cultural experience of after-dark entertainment. We create shows that tell stories through song, costume and choreography and in turn take you to a world that you never knew existed. Based in Chicago, IL, we perform in a myriad of venues that provide live entertainment to many. Our mission is to create a renaissance in the art of cabaret and allow people to experience something provocative.

Chicago Center for the Peforming Arts
777 N Green St
312-733-6000, email: boxoffice@theatelrand.com
The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts resides in a four-building complex that was initially built in 1906 and served as a factory until Montgomery & Ward began using it as a catalog fulfillment center and warehouse. Transformed in the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts in the late 90's, the facility raised its opening night curtain in December of 2000.

CCPA's 350-seat Main Stage is a modern, yet luxuriously warm venue with the intimacy of three quarter round stadium-style seating enveloping a permanent thrust stage. The Main Stage plays host to original productions, classic plays and musicals. The new 145-seat Studio Theatre opened in October 2005 and offers absolute state-of-the-art artistic and technical finishes in an extremely intimate three quarter thrust environment. CCPA has two more 150-seat cabaret style performance spaces under construction, which are expected to open in late 2006.  The CCPA also has banquet facilities, rehearsal space and production offices. Since its inception, CCPA has played host to dozens of television and motion picture productions. The Chicago Center School of Music offers a full range of musical training (early child-development, instrumental, voice and recording) for children and adults.

The Chicago Comedy Association
The Chicago Comedy Association has launched their website at www.chicagocomedyassociation.com . Formed under the umbrella of The League of Chicago Theatres, the Chicago Comedy Association is an organization of many of Chicago's best known comedy theater companies (including ComedySportz, The Free Associates, Hell In A Handbag Productions, The Second City, Barrel of Monkeys and GayCo Productions). CCA leverages their collective strength through efforts of networking, marketing, public relations, and advocacy to increase comedy theaters' market value, create widespread validation of comedy theater as an art form and to brand Chicago as the Comedy Capital of the World.

Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago Dramatists, known for producing innovative and award-winning work, is proud to announce a thrilling line-up of World Premieres in 2010-2011. Following a remarkable 2009 season, Chicago Dramatists has had the opportunity to grow its organization and shine the spotlight on its talented playwrights. The new season is no exception as Chicago Dramatists continues to introduce audiences to new work by local playwrights and engage theatre goers in new experiences.

Chicago Folks Operetta
Oak Park, IL and Chicago, IL
phone: 708-383-2742
Chicago Folks Operetta is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit theater company devoted to the nurturing of live operetta through articulate and dynamic productions. In the belief that the arts serve to illuminate the human condition, we are dedicated to the revival and development of operetta, a popular and accessible form of music and theater for general audiences. In particular, the CFO concentrates on producing both Viennese and American operettas from the early 20th century.

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
800 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier and the lakefront.
312-642-2273

Chopin Theatre in Chicago
1543 W. Division 60622
773.278.1500

ComedySportz Chicago --
3220 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657
(at Fizz Bar & Grill)
(773) 549 - 8080, ext. 2, email: matt@comedysportzchicago.com
Now embarking on its 19th season, The ComedySportz Theatre continues to be wowing Chicago audiences with its signature show, ComedySportz, The Interactive Improv Experience. ComedySportz is an all-ages appropriate, audience-interactive comedy competition between two teams of professional comedians, who perform a series of scenes and songs, all based on suggestions from the audience.

Copernicus Center
5216 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-777-8898.
The Copernicus Center is a 1,900 seat theater located in Jefferson Park offering  multi-cultural shows and looking to reach out to everyone in Chicago.

Corn Productions at Cornservatory
4210 N Lincoln Ave Chicago 60618
phone: 312-409-6435, email: Cornproductions@sbcglobal.net
Rachel, Bobby and the whole gang are back this fall at Cornservatory with Rachel Corn and the Mystery of Cabin 13; a whodunit the Corn Family and your family will love!

So join Corn Productions and the Corn family as they solve another mystery in Rachel Corn and the Mystery of Cabin 13. Open Saturday October 9th at 2pm and runs Saturdays and Sundays until December 5th. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for kids 12 and under with Group Rates available. For reservations call 312-409-6435 or to purchase tickets online go to www.cornservatory.org

Dream Theatre Company
Dream Theatre
556 W 18th Street Chicago, 60616
phone: 773-552-8616; email: annainthedarkness@gmail.com
Dream Theatre Company is a non-profit Chicago based theatre company that specializes in all original plays

The Edge Comedy Club
The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N Green St
312-733-6000, email: daveodd@theedgecomedyclub.com
The Edge Comedy Club is Chicago's newest venue to see all the best Chicago stand-up comedy has to offer and see some of the hottest, hippest, funniest up and coming comics in the country. 312-733-6000 for the box office or www.theaterland.com  to buy tickets online.

Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
773-529-2690, email: oz@emeraldcitytheatre.com
Chicago has seen many great writers, but few have challenged our imagination and delighted our spirit more than L. Frank Baum - the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Drawn to Chicago by the great world's fair, he settled down and soon found a publisher for his odd whimsical tale, the first of the many OZ stories. Historians have pointed to the symbolism in the work - did he intend for the Emerald City to resemble Chicago? Maybe. (Many Chicagoans like to think so...) All we really know is his work captures the imaginations of children and parents alike. It is a modern fairy tale that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we created Emerald City Theatre to continue this type of family enjoyment. Our mission is to create innovative theater experiences that bring families closer together and inspire children everywhere. Won't you join us?

EP Theater
1820 South Halsted, Chicago, 60608
312-850-4299, email: info@eptheater.com
EP Theater is a 50 seat house featuring experimental and dramatic new work. You will have a good time.

The Factory Theater
3504 N. Elston Ave. Chicago 60608
312-409-3247, email: chas@thefactorytheater.com
Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1992, Factory Theater is a theater organization dedicated to the writing, directing, performance and production of original works written by ensemble members that are accessible to inexperienced as well as seasoned theatergoers. Since 1992 we have produced 60 productions that have been enjoyed by both critics and audience members.

Overall, Factory Theater has managed to bridge the gap between critical acclaim and audience accessibility. Most of our shows have received rave reviews and awards by various publications including The Reader, New City, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and L.A. Weekly, among others.

Filament Theatre Ensemble
North Lakeside Cultural Center
6219 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, 60660
email: info@filamenttheatre.org
Through adapting, devising, and exploring new and classic stories, with an integration of theatrical styles, we strive to reach out and connect with the child in everyone.

Gorilla Tango Theatre
1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647
Phone 773-598-4549, Email info@gorillatango.com
GTT is a live theatrical venue where audiences consistently go each week to see a wide variety of performances by a diverse group of talented producers, directors, actors, writers, etc. etc. If its live and will fit on our stage, you could see it at GTT!

GTT exists to provide artists and organizations of all sizes and genres the opportunity to produce their work in a professional environment.

The Journeymen Theater Company
3915 North Janssen Chicago, Illinois 60613
773-857-5395, info@thejourneymen.org
The Journeymen are dedication to multicultural education through artistic exchange by promoting acceptance and understanding for all members of society. In 2000, The Journeymen received a special 20th Anniversary City Arts Award from Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. Chicago City Commissioner, Lois Weisberg noted that these awards are given in recognition of organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to artistic excellence.

Improv Kitchen
3419 N. Clark St. Chicago IL 60657
ph: 773 868 6423, E-mail Improvkitchen@aol.com
A unique interactive dinner theater in Chicago, Improv Kitchen is the first interactive restaurant/personal performance space ever created. It comprises a beautiful upscale dining experience in which improv actors entertain via large screen TV's at each table.

Live Bait Theater
3914 N. Clark
773-871-1212

LiveWire Theater Company
1100 N Dearborn Chicago, IL
773-412-8089, email: cdennis76@yahoo.com
We are embarking on our third season: Three Sisters, Dr Faustus, and Miss Julie.
Visit www.livewirechicago.com  for more details and show times.

Lyon & Healy Hall
168 North Ogden Avenue Chicago, IL 60607-1465
Located in a 75-year-old brick building in the new West Loop area of Chicago, Lyon & Healy Hall celebrated its opening concert with an Inaugural Concert Gala, April 22, 2005. Check their web site for the 2006-2007 Season of the Lyon & Healy Concert Hall Series.

The Majestic Midway Theater
5722 W 63rd Street, Chicago's Southwest side
63rd Street at the corner of Massasoit
For ticket info call 773.788.1035

New Leaf Theatre
2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614
773.274.9026
newleaf@newleaftheatre.org
New Leaf Theatre creates intimate, animate theatrical experiences, which renew both artist and audience.

The Noble Horse Theatre
1410 North Orleans, Chicago Il 60610
312-266-7878
The Noble Horse presents Quadrille. A spectacular dinner performance with over 30 horses and riders from around the world. Daring Cossack riders, Arabian horses in lavish costumes and our famous white stallions. Experience the splendor and excitement of 19th century Vienna and Napolean's royal court while you dine within the walls of our magnificent castle. Noble Horse Theatre is in Chicago's Old Town. The historic riding hall dates back to 1871 and provides an intimate setting for an enchanted evening.

Organic Theater Company
1125 W. Loyola Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
773-561-5600

Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue
phone: 773-736-4050, email: portage@portagetheater.org
The historic Portage Theater, located on the northwest side of Chicago, is the new home for The Silent Film Society of Chicago. Designed by architect Henry Newhouse, the theatre opened on December 11, 1920 with 1,938 seats as part of the Ascher Brothers theatre chain. It was featured in the Johnny Depp film "Public Enemies."

Profiles Theatre
4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, 60613
773-549-1815, email: profilesco@aol.com
A not-for-profit, actor-based professional theatre that has established a reputation for producing some of the darkest and edgiest new works in Chicago. Profiles Theatre was founded in 1988 and has presented a number of affecting and long-running hits including, Rebecca Gilman's "The Glory of Living", as well as premieres of Neil LaBute's "autobahn", Adam Rapp's "Blackbird", and Ben Elton's "Popcorn", among others.

Provision Theater Company
1001 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
773-506-4429, email: info@provisiontheater.org
Provision Theater Company is thrilled to announce that the 2009-10 season will be produced in their brand new home, located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. To celebrate the space, the theater company will host a gala reception on Saturday, September 12; a date that also marks the official opening of the season with a bigger and bolder version of one of Provision's all time smash hit productions, Harry Chapin's COTTON PATCH GOSPEL.

Provision Theater Company is devoted to producing works of hope, reconciliation and redemption; works that challenge us to explore a life of meaning and purpose. Harry Chapin's COTTON PATCH GOSPEL will run September 10 through November 8. Following will be a new take on William Shakespeare's TAMING OF THE SHREW from January 27 through March 7, starring Tim Gregory and Susan Moniz. Rounding out the season will be a World Premiere production of THE HIDING PLACE, based on the autobiography of Corrie ten Boom, from April 7 through! May 23.

For reservations, phone 866.811.4111. You may visit www.provisiontheater.org .

Rascal Children's Theater
5123 N. Clark, Chicago, 60640
773-561-5893, email: RascalTheater@comcast.net
Rascal Children's Theater, the resident theater for kids at Rogue Theater in Andersonville, produces new works and new adaptations of classics.

Quest Theatre Ensemble
Klasen Hall
1609 W. Gregory, Chicago 60640
312-458-0895, email: info@questensemble.org
Quest Theatre Ensemble is dedicated to being the People's Theatre of Chicago. Whether in reverent procession down the gothic aisles of a quiet sanctuary, parading festively through the crowded streets of Chicago, or creating magical spectacles from behind the footlights on the stage - Quest creates visual and meaningful productions that "Inform, Delight, Inspire and Unite".

A Red Orchid Theatre
1531 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
312-943-9185, arot@a-red-orchid.com
A Red Orchid Theatre is an edgy theatre company located in the old town neighborhood. Notable past productions include Eric LaRue and Bug. Coming attractions include: The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Gagarin Way, & 4 Murders

Redmoon Theater
1438 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 312-850-8440 x116
Fax: 312-850-4430
Email: information@redmoon.org
Originally founded in 1989 in the Logan Square neighborhood, Redmoon Theater is unique in a city containing over two hundred theater companies. Redmoon creates a spectacle – a highly visual and inventive theater style that embraces transformation, incorporating pageantry, puppetry, contraption-type mechanical objects, robust physical movements and surprising uses of scale and special effects.

Luna Negra Dance Theater - Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 North Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312-337-6882 Fax: 312-337-6883
Chicago's premier professional dance company devoted to the creation and presentation of Latino contemporary dance.

Second City Theatre
At 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago.
Call 312-337-MEGA.

Shattered Globe Theatre
Greenhouse Theatre Complex
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
phone: 773-404-7336, email: khagan@shatteredglobe.org
Shattered Globe Theatre has been recognized as an outstanding theater company by local and national critics including the Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. This unique ensemble produces compelling works in an intimate setting and offers its audiences a powerful theatrical experience.

Shaw Chicago
Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts
312-587-7390, email: info@shawchicago.org
Shaw Chicago performs works by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Productions run through out the season, as well as Education Outreach performances are offered for both public and private settings. Come see, discover, and laugh at the genius of Shaw.

Silk Road Theatre Project
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-857-1234, email: info@srtp.org
Silk Road Theatre Project showcases playwrights of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean backgrounds, whose works address themes relevant to the peoples of the Silk Road and their Diaspora communities. Through the creation and presentation of outstanding theatre, we aim to promote discourse and dialogue among multi-cultural audiences in Chicago.

Stage Left Theatre
3408 N. Sheffiled Ave., Chicago, IL
773-883-8830 box office / admin
Founded in 1982, Stage Left Theatre is committed to nurturing voices for the American theatre by developing and producing plays that raise debate and challenge perspectives on political and social issues. With this transition, both Smith and the ensemble have re-committed to that mission.

Stockyards Theatre Project
6167 N. Broadway #357, Chicago, 60660 (mailing only)
773-575-5942, stockyardstheatre@lycos.com
Stockyards Theatre Project is Chicago's premier performing arts company exclusively devoted to cutting-edge theater by, about and in partnership with women. Since the first critically-acclaimed show in 1999, Stockyards has avidly promoted talented women playwrights and directors--currently comprising less than 20% of mainstream theater arts--and has showcased the remarkable and richly imaginative visions of contemporary women. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, Stockyards is devoted to advancing women in the theater arts.

Storytown
iO Theater, 3541 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60657
phone: 773-880-0199; email: jolson@ioimprov.com
Welcome to Storytown. Population – fun. Storytown brings you an interactive arts experience that combines improvisation, music, and storytelling into an unforgettable make-believe theater event.

The audience joins in our improvised tale by helping pick costumes, draw set pieces, and throw curves into the plot. The whole show is underscored by music that may lead our players into song at any point. Fun for the whole family.

Strawdog Theatre Company
3829 N. Broadway Ave. 2nd Floor, Chicago 708-528-9696
Founded in 1988, the Strawdog ensemble has consistently produced shows built on authentic human connections, and our comfortable 70-seat home in Lakeview is perfect for offering our audience a quintessential Chicago storefront theatre experience.

Theatre Momentum
1800 W. Cornelia Ave #111A
email: info@theatremomentum.com
Hailed as "a worthy alternative to what you'll find at improv mainstays such as i.O. or Annoyance," Theatre Momentum strives for work that is theatre that happens to be improvised. We also produce workshops, an improv jam, and have a rehearsal studio for rent.

The Theatre School, DePaul University 

The Utopian Theatre Asylum (T.U.T.A.)
3638 N. Pine Grove, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 296-4887

The Viaduct Theater
3111 N. Western Ave. 773-296-6024 email: viaduct@mindspring.com 
A former Roscoe Village warehouse, The Viaduct Theater has been transformed into a popular and affordable space for itinerant theater companies in Chicago. The space also boasts a full-service bar and an eclectic roster of musical acts, film events and other performances. Its first inaugural self-production, "Hellhound on My Trail" by Denis Johnson in 2002 drew rave reviews. The company, helmed by theater owners Whitney Blakemore and Robert Whitaker, will continue to work with Johnson's plays through 2003 to produce innovative, groundbreaking theater.

Zanies Comedy Night Club
Chicago: 1548 N. Wells, 312-337-4027; Mt. Prospect: 22 S. Elmhurst Road, 847-228-6166; St. Charles: Pheasant Run, 630-513-1761; Vernon Hills: 230 Hawthorne Commons, 847-549-6030.

SUBURBS

The Historic Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
630-962-7000, email: ron@oshows.com
A 1926 Vaudeville Theater owned by Al Capone comes back to life. Some of today's most iconic stars - including Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis and Martin Short - perform before the venue's nine hundred enthusiastic audience members. With each impactful show, the historic Arcada Theatre lives on, enabling thousands to experience the joy of world class entertainment

Big Noise Theatre Company (Winnetka Theatre)
at Prairie Lakes Theatre
515 E. Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847.604.0275 email: info@bignoisetheatre.org
Winnetka Theatre now presents its 3-play season under the name "Big Noise Theatre Company.

The Center for Performing Arts
One University Parkway, University Park, 60466
708-235-2222, email: tickets@govst.edu
Performing Arts venue located on the campus of Governors State University presenting annual seasons of live Broadway shows, major concert artists, comedians, and International Ballet, Opera, dance and a family series.

Chicago Comedy Company
Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, 60173
847-240-0380
C3 offers Squeaky Clean Improv shows – lots of family fun
C3's mission: gut-busting funny shows and a commitment to "clean comedy." Audience interaction in every scene: live on stage, with video projection, or through computer internet kiosks or iPod music station. Shows are: Friday - 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Saturday - 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sunday - 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Folks Operetta
Oak Park, IL and Chicago, IL
phone: 708-383-2742
Chicago Folks Operetta is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit theater company devoted to the nurturing of live operetta through articulate and dynamic productions. In the belief that the arts serve to illuminate the human condition, we are dedicated to the revival and development of operetta, a popular and accessible form of music and theater for general audiences. In particular, the CFO concentrates on producing both Viennese and American operettas from the early 20th century.

The Comic Thread
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.433.8660, email: tct@bitterjester.com
The Comic Thread ("TCT" for short) is one of Chicagoland's oldest sketchy comedy troupes! Consisting of a rotating cast and crew of over fifty, TCT's core writers, directors, and performers have been closely collaborating since 1998. TCT is an innovative comedy ensemble that blends original written sketches to create cohesive, narrative stories. TCT's working goal is to weave together stories and characters spun from the building blocks of individually-written short scripts. The result is a hybrid between a play and a sketch comedy revue. Material performed by the troupe is generally dark, slightly edgy comedy that explores the human condition, the silly side of life, the off-beat, and the just plain wacky. Shows are virtually guaranteed to be non-stop laughs, and that's no joke! The troupe is based in Chicago's Northern Suburbs and performs at various venues. TCT is a division of Chicago video production company Bitter Jester Creative, Inc and is sketch comedy at its finest!

Dominican University Performing Arts Center
7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL, 60305
708-488-5000, email: boxoffice@dom.edu
The Dominican University Performing Arts Center is an accessible, comfortable home for the creative spirit, located just 10 miles west of Chicago's Loop. The center presents shows in two halls, Lund Auditorium (with less than 1,200 seats) and Eloise Martin Recital Hall (an intimate 175-seat setting); both are located in the Fine Arts Building at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest. Each venue offers superb acoustics, ideal sightlines and ample, free parking.

Drury Lane Oak Brook Theatre
Oak Brook, IL
Excellent dinner package plans, moderately priced and this venue seats a cozy 900+. Good value, great service, and quality performances. Recommended!

First Folio Theatre
1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, 60523
phone: 630-986-8067
Experience First Folio Theatre! Join us for Chicago-quality productions in the suburbs at First Folio Theatre in DuPage County. Check out our upcoming evening performances and take in "The Passion of Dracula," "Design for Living," "Macbeth" and more. email: firstfolio@firstfolio.org

Genesee Theatre
203 North Genesee St
Waukegan, IL 60085
847.263.6300
The Genesee Theatre re-opened its doors on December 3, 2004 to two sold out performances of Bill Cosby, and will continue to provide the highest quality of performances including comedians, Broadway productions and national and regional musical acts. The Genesee Theatre is located in downtown Waukegan.

The Jack Benny Center for the Arts
39 Jack Benny Drive Waukegan, IL 60087
Phone 847-360-4740, Facebook Info Page
Jack Benny Center for the Arts is the home of the Waukegan Park District's Cultural Arts Division. The Jack Benny Center provides fine arts instruction for music, dance, theatre, art, and traditional craft and lecture programming through the Bowen Heritage Circle.

Marriott's Theatre in Lincolnshire
Milwaukee Avenue and Route 22, Lincolnshire, IL.
847-634-0100.

McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, 60137
630-942-4000
Since the MAC opened in October 1986, its initial season and each of its succeeding 14 have left lasting memories on more than one million audience members. The McAninch Arts Center houses three theaters: the 793-seat Mainstage, where no seat is more than 16 rows, or 75 feet, from the stage; Theatre 2, a 195-seat hall featuring a "soft thrust" stage; and the Studio Theatre, a versatile, black-box performance space. Adjacent to the Mainstage lobby is the Gahlberg Gallery, a 90' x 25' space for visual art exhibition.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 
2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 West Campbell St., Downtown Arlington Heights, IL. IL 60005
847-577-2121
Not a bad seat in the house, good mix of performances at this local venue.

New World Repertory Theater
923 Curtiss Street Downers Grove IL 60515
630-663-1489, email: info@newworldrep.org
New World Rep is a professional theater company in Chicago's western suburbs that offers theater for adults as well as a Family Theater Series that features all ages shows. New World Rep shows explore the idea of family in all it's forms.

The Noble Fool Theater Company
@ Pheasant Run Resort & Spa
4051 East Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174
Pheasant Run's award-winning theater features productions from the Noble Fool Theater Company.

Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
630.584.7200, e-mail: info@norrisculturalarts.com
Since its founding in 1978, the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center has provided a world-class performance venue for regional, national and international talents, including a range of serious musical presentations and crowd-pleasing entertainment. The Norris, a generous gift to the Fox Valley from the Norris Foundation, includes an exceptional art exhibition gallery-The Norris Gallery, which is free and open to the public six days a week, and a 1,000-seat theater-the Ron Koeppl Black Box Theatre, with the stage area, acoustics, lighting and mechanicals to host the most elaborate performances.

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
3323 Walters Ave.,
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 291-2367
Professional children's theatre company, currently playing the musical, Cinderella. Performances are Saturdays at 10:30am and 1:00pm through May 26, 2007. Tickets are $10 online or at the door, $8 when paid in advance in our offices or over the phone. Parties and luncheons are available; special discounts for schools and similar groups.

Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
phone: 847-679-9501 email: groupsales@northlight.org
Join us for our 35th Anniversary Season which will include "The Marvelous Wonderettes", one of the biggest off-Broadway hits of this past season, "Souvenir", "Awake and Sing!" featuring Mike Nussbaum & Rondi Reed, "A Life" featuring John Mahoney and "Low Down Dirty Blues" featuring songs made (in)famous by the likes of Mae West, Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin' Wolf, Pearl Bailey and many others!

Northern Illinois Community Theatre
An online resource for theatre companies, audition notices, performance listings, message boards, and networking of theatre enthusiasts.

Opera in Focus
Puppet production company performs selections from Opera/ Operattas
Rolling Meadows Park District Theater
3000 Central Road, Rolling Meadows, IL.

Paramount Theatre
23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506
630-896-6666, email: kathyg@paramountarts.com
Built in 1931 this 1800-seat historic landmark offers world class entertainment from music and comedy to Broadway, dance, and family shows in the heart of the Fox River Valley and is THE premier entertainment facility in the suburbs.

Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre
North Avenue and Route 64, St. Charles, IL
630-584-MEGA.

Piccolo Theatre
600 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202
847-424-0089, email: boxoffice@piccolotheatre.com
The Piccolo Theatre embodies and realizes the human comedy through physical theatre, eloquence and humor in order to move, delight and transform audiences.

Prairie Center for the Arts
201 Schaumburg Court - Schaumburg, IL 60193 -
847-895-3600.

Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035,
847-266-5100
Fax 847-266-0641 Email: tickets@ravinia.org

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road, Rosemont
847-671-5100

Village Players Performing Arts Center
1010 Madison, Oak Park IL
phone: 866-764-1010, villageplayersmarketing@gmail.com
Village Players Theatre, Oak Park's Performing Arts Center, offers an eclectic mix of entertainment that empowers and inspires while exploring the human condition. Village Players Performing Arts Center is Oak Park's longest running professional, non-equity theatre.

Winnetka Theatre
Matz Hall at Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka, IL 60093,
847-604-0275
email: winnetkatheatre@hotmail.com

Wishing Star Theatre
28100 Ashley Circle #105
Libertyville, IL 60048
phone: 847-327-9474, email: maggie@wishingstartheatre.com
Lake County's venue for theatre classics and Broadway's latest.

Woodstock Opera House
121 W. Van Buren Street Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-5300
Fax: 815-334-2287 E-mail: operahouse@woodstockil.gov

Woodstock Musical Theatre Company
Woodstock Musical Theatre Company Woodstock, IL 60098
Email: info@woodstocktheatre.com

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