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Chicago and its suburbs offer a variety of venues for live stage performances. Chicago’s Theater District, which extends for several blocks around the Randolph and Dearborn Streets intersection, includes richly historic venues such as the Chicago Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Oriental Theatre and Goodman Theatre. Broadway and pre-Broadway productions have brought the finest performances to the Midwest.

There are theatre venues throughout the suburbs as well. You may want to plan an extended stay by combining show tickets with hotel accommodations, dining and other activities. Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook is adjacent to Hilton Suites and near fine shopping and dining options. At the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, they also feature an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course, tennis club, health club and award-winning live musical theater. At Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, golf, spa, fitness and luxury accommodations will enhance your theater outing. The suburbs also offer some intimate settings for a variety of performances.

Shakespeare fans will want to check out the Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. A Second City performance in Old Town or at the Metropolis in suburban Arlington Heights is always a good time. See what interests you most! See our Map of Chicago's Theaters.

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Guide to Chicago-Area Theaters

Name Neighborhood Address/City/State/Zip Phone

Akoo Theatre at Rosemont


5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL


The plush Akoo Theatre at Rosemont is your ticket to lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world-class entertainers. The theatre gets raves for its extra-wide aisles, on-site parking, and superior sound system. The Theatre presents unforgettable show-going experiences.

Arie Crown Theatre

South Loop

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL


Only minutes from downtown at McCormick Place Lakeside, the Arie Crown is a beautiful and convenient place to see a show. It is a perfect combination of past and present, combining a diverse theater heritage with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. The 4,249-seat Arie Crown is Chicago's largest first class, legitimate theatre, attracting top-name performers and lavish productions.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


The Shakespeare Theater serves as the cultural anchor of historic Navy Pier on downtown Chicago's lakefront. Their annual producing season features as many as 15 plays and 600 performances in two intimate theater spaces: the 500-seat Courtyard Theater and the 200-seat Upstairs Theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world.

Drury Lane Oak Brook


100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL


Drury Lane Theatre presents Broadway classics, top-rated musicals, hilarious comedies and unforgettable concert events in their spacious proscenium style theatre with plush seating for nearly a thousand patrons. Theatre-goers can purchase tickets for the live performance only or include a pre-show dinner.

Civic Opera House


20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL


Lyric Opera's Civic Opera House is one of Chicago's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings. The 3,563-seat theater is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and holds the largest stage in downtown Chicago. Excellent sightlines, premium acoustics, and intricate architectural detailing make for a fantastic and unique venue.

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire


10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL


The Marriott Theatre was founded 1975. In addition to the presentation of classic American musical theatre, The Marriott Theatre has become a driving force in the development of original and re-thought musicals. Broadway has long considered the Marriott Theatre a prime venue for "launching" Broadway shows into the regional market.

Metropolis Performing Arts Center


111 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL


Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is live entertainment and arts education facility which has become one of Chicagoland’s leading venues for quality programming. The complex is home to a 350 seat theater, ballroom, four classrooms and thirteen music studios. Metropolis offers a diverse array of Chicago’s most talented performers and performance troupes, as well as national acts spanning virtually all performance genres – all under one roof.

Oriental Theatre


24 W. Randolph Street , Chicago, IL


The Oriental Theatre originally opened in 1926 to show motion pictures as well as stage shows. It was a virtual museum of Asian art. In the 1970's, live concert performances were introduced, but shortly thereafter, the theatre fell into disrepair. The building was closed in 1981 but, thanks to Mayor Richard M. Daley, it was restored and reopened in 1998. It has since presented a slew of live stage musicals.

Pheasant Run Theater


4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL


Pheasant Run's Mainstage Theater has stadium seating for 320. The Fox Valley Repertory brings Chicago's most renowned actors, directors and playwrights to St. Charles, Illinois. Pheasant Run also offers accommodations, dining, golf, a fitness center, salon and Zanie's Comedy Club.

Prairie Center for the Arts


201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL


The Prairie Center for the Arts, operated by the Village of Schaumburg, opened in 1986 and has since become one of the premiere performance venues in the northwest suburban area, hosting local entertainment as well as international touring acts. The intimate 442-seat theatre has exceptional sightlines and outstanding acoustics.

Second City Theatre

Old Town

1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL


The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years. Their comedy shows consist of short scenes, songs, and improvised comedy sketches. Cocktails and food are available throughout the show.

Silk Road Rising


77 West Washington St., Chicago, IL


Experience outstanding theatre in the Historic Chicago Temple Building. This intimate jewel box of a theatre houses everything from workshops to staged readings to full productions dramatizing global perspectives for Chicago audiences.

Symphony Center - Orchestra Hall


220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Symphony Center at Orchestra Hall, venue for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was designed by Daniel H. Burnham and built in 1904. Over the years it has undergone several renovations and, in 1978, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Apollo Theatre

Sheffield & DePaul

2540 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL


The Apollo Theater is a lush venue with a prestigious reputation, located in the heart of Chicago's fashionable Lincoln Park neighborhood. Built in 1978, the Apollo boasts a dramatic glass and concrete design. Its three-quarter thrust stage has 440 plush seats configured in just eleven rows, allowing audiences a theatrical experience unparalleled in intimacy and accessibility. The Apollo Studio, with 50 seats, was added in 2005. The Apollo is also home to Emerald City Theatre Company, Chicago's largest Children's Theater Company dedicated solely to families.

The Auditorium Theatre


50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL


The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is home of The Joffrey Ballet, as well as the Chicago venue of choice for all major domestic and international dance companies. Broadway musicals, popular music concerts, a jazz music series and numerous community events are hosted at this National Historic Landmark as well.

The Cadillac Palace Theatre


151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL


The Cadillac Palace Theatre first opened in 1926 as a vaudeville venue. Since that time it has been converted to a movie venue, banquet hall, concert venue and currently back to live stage performance theatre including hits such as, Aida, The Producers, Mamma Mia and The Lion King.

The Chicago Theater


175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL


The Chicago Theatre marquee is a symbol of Chicago. The 3,600-seat theatre opened in 1921 with an elegant lobby, majestic staircase and beautiful auditorium complete with murals above the stage and on the ceiling. It has operated as both a movie house and live stage performance venue. In 1986 it was saved from demolition and meticulously restored and now hosts stage plays, concerts and events. You can take a guided tour of the theatre most days.

The Goodman Theatre


170 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL


Established in 1925, Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s vibrant North Loop Theatre District. It is a state-of-the-art, two-theater complex; the Albert Theatre seats 856 and the Owen Theatre seats 450.

Bank of America Theatre


18 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL


The Bank of America Theatre opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1906 and was Chicago's first million-dollar-plus venue and the city's tallest building at the time. It closed during the Great Depression and was shuttered for 15 years. Much of the original design was retained when the theatre was remodeled and reopened in 1945. The Bank of America Theatre has hosted pre-Broadway shows and other favorites.

Woodstock Opera House


121 W. Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL


The Opera House was built in 1889 to house the library, council room, justice court, fire department and second floor auditorium for the City of Woodstock. Over the years and still today, it is a venue for top national and international acts, as well as local performers and a training ground for many new talents.

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