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Daily 12pm-5pm

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Varies by show

Nearest Transit:
Lake- Red Line

The Goodman Theatre

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  • The Goodman Theatre offers reduced price tickets for students!
  • Goodman Theater was established in 1925 as a tribute to Ken Goodman.
  • A great deal of ground breaking theatre has debute on the Goodman Theatre Chicago stage.

170 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60601
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Features: The Goodman Theatre was founded in 1925 as a tribute to Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died of pneumonia in 1918. Although the theater was graceful and elegant, its location severely limited the architect's ability to create a state-of-the-art facility. Located behind the Art Institute on lakefront property created from landfill, the theater was sandwiched between the water table lurking just below the ground's surface, and height restrictions imposed by the city so as not to block the view of the Lake for residents of Michigan Avenue. Partially through height restrictions, and partially through design, the auditorium had notoriously bad acoustics. The heating and cooling systems were so noisy they had to be turned off during a performance so that the actors could be heard.

In the early 90's, the idea of the North Loop Theatre District was born. In 1998, the ceremonial groundbreaking took place in the empty lot at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn and in fall 2000, the Goodman Theatre had a new home. After 75 years of ups, downs, highs, and lows, the Goodman had entered the 21st century, and began writing a new chapter in its formidable history. 

Check the Goodman Theatre's website for upcoming performances.

Why We Go: People head to the theatre for a variety of reasons, one of which is to have their imagination take flight. Enjoy debut musicals and other shows in addition to rush tickets at the Goodman Theatre Chicago.

  • Groundbreaking Theatre: The Goodman Theatre provides patrons with cutting edge theatrics.
  • Debut Performances: A great deal of shows debut at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.
  • Intimate Space: The Goodman Theatre Chicago offers its guests a venue that is slightly smaller than others, however, this intimate room features spectacular acoustics since its renovation in the 1990s.

Inside Knowledge: Students can catch a real deal on ticket prices at the Goodman Theater since at 10am, left over mezzanine level seats for that day go on sale at just $10! They can be purchased online by typing in the code 10Tix or you can purchase them in person at the box office starting at noon. Enjoy your time at the Goodman Theater Chicago! 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring the Kids: The Goodman Theatre offers a variety of programming a lot of which happens to be kid friendly.
  • Do Purchase Tickets in Advance: You'll be able to avoid long lines at the Goodman Theater by doing so.
  • Don't Forget Your Coat: Since it's renovation, the Goodman Theater has great air conditioning so it may get a little chilly!
  • Don't Take the Car: The Goodman Theatre is located in close proximity to a great deal of public transit.