Theatres in Chicago

Check out the list of the most famous theatres in Chicago, IL.
Chicago’s theatre scene caters to all tastes, from established historic theatres to independent and cutting-edge venues. Each stage offers a different experience, from the grandeur of established houses to the energy of smaller, experimental theatres. It doesn’t matter your tastes – from revered classics to new and experimental works to Broadway hits, “Chicago Theater” offers it all. Here’s a look at some of the top theaters across the city:

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Best Theatres

List Of Most Popular Theatres in Chicago, IL
# Theatre
Upcoming Shows
Current Shows
1 Marriott Theatre 198
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
Jul 26, 2024 10:00 AM
2 Briar Street Theatre 196
Blue Man Group
Jul 25, 2024 8:00 PM
3 The Lion Theatre - Chicago 192
Drunk Shakespeare
Jul 27, 2024 5:00 PM
4 Nederlander Theatre at Ford Center for the Performing Arts 164
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Sep 10, 2024 7:30 PM
5 Fisher Theatre - MI 138
Shrek The Musical
Aug 02, 2024 7:30 PM
6 Cadillac Palace 111
Back To The Future - Theatrical Production
Aug 13, 2024 7:00 PM
7 Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace 84
Ain't Misbehavin'
Jul 27, 2024 3:00 PM
8 Apollo Theater Main Stage - Chicago 72
The Choir of Man
Sep 26, 2024 7:30 PM
9 Lyric Opera House - IL 63
Lyric Opera of Chicago: Rigoletto
Sep 14, 2024 7:30 PM
10 Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre 52
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Jul 27, 2024 7:30 PM
11 The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre 43
Lord Of The Rings
Jul 27, 2024 2:00 PM
12 North Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts 35
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Jul 26, 2024 7:30 PM
13 Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 29
SAVOR After Hours
Jul 26, 2024 7:30 PM
14 Center Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts 26
Carousel
Aug 08, 2024 2:00 PM
15 The Chicago Theatre 25
The Pretenders
Jul 26, 2024 8:30 PM
16 The Den Theatre 11
SAW The Musical
Jul 26, 2024 7:30 PM
17 CIBC Theatre 8
Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations
Sep 24, 2024 7:00 PM
18 Athenaeum Theatre - IL 7
Peter Sagal
Jul 27, 2024 7:00 PM
19 Auditorium Theatre - IL 7
Flow
Jul 30, 2024 8:00 PM
20 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 7
Million Dollar Quartet
Jul 27, 2024 3:00 PM
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About Theatres

  • The Lion Theatre is a small theatre, perhaps named for a play or company production. It provides an intimate theatre experience and likely hosts a mixture of plays and musicals.
  • Briar Street Theatre: Home to the Blue Man Group for nearly 20 years, this Chicago theatre features interactive music, comedy, and multimedia shows.
  • Nederlander Theatre at Ford Center for the Performing Arts: Once called the Oriental Theatre. In the Loop. Large-scale Broadway musicals, shows and plays. Over-the-top and huge.
  • North Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts: This theater is part of a cultural complex in Skokie that serves the North Shore communities with various performances from concerts to theatrical productions.
  • Marriott Theatre is located in Lincolnshire, A staging in the ground that focuses on musical theatre.
  • Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace: This theatre brings Broadway classics, new musicals, and revues to suburban Chicago and features restaurants with table-side dining.
  • CIBC Theatre: Home to Broadway In Chicago productions since it opened in 1906, it’s hosted blockbuster shows like Hamilton and is centrally positioned in Chicago’s theatre district in the Loop.
  • Cadillac Palace: A turn-of-the-century Loop landmark meticulously restored to grandeur, Cadillac Palace is home to the largest touring Broadway productions in the city. It’s a beautiful interior inspired by Versailles and Fontainebleau.
  • McAninch Arts Center—Playhouse Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. This little theatre is part of a larger arts complex at the College of DuPage and offers various performances, from drama to dance to music.
  • Donny’s Skybox Theatre at Second City – Chicago: This off-kilter stage within the hallowed Second City compound welcomes a variety of experimental, improvisatory, often newbie-packed shows featuring cutting-edge comedy.
  • Metropolis Performing Arts Centre: Well worth the many miles out in Arlington Heights, this venue offers musicals, plays, comedy, concerts and dance performances, a true indoor oasis of culture within the suburbs.
  • Lyric Opera House One of the world’s great opera houses, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, performs epic opera productions and large-scale performances in a historic, lavish landmark.
  • The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: Photo © “The Yard” at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. The new flexible space proves that form follows function. It can be configured in many ways to accommodate productions ranging from Shakespeare to new texts.
  • Center Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts: Across from the North Theatre sits the Center Theatre, which provides an extra venue to continue enhancing Skokie’s cultural offerings.
  • Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place: Near the Magnificent Mile, this small theatre hosts everything from touring Broadway shows to local theatrical performances.
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: Located on the city’s Navy Pier, this theatre champions the Bard and also performs contemporary plays and musicals with an emphasis on innovative staging and production.
  • Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre: Part of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, this mainstage features a season of diverse works from classic to new, foregrounding racial and social diversity and inclusion.
  • Apollo Theater Main Stage—Chicago: This compact venue in Lincoln Park hosts long-running hits such as Million Dollar Quartet, as well as musicals and theatrical productions presented in an intimate setting.
  • Auditorium Theatre: This architectural masterpiece by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler in the Loop’s stunning interior and perfect acoustics are signature features. The historic theatre is home to ballet, concerts, and Broadway shows.

Each theater contributes uniquely to the rich tapestry of Chicago’s performing arts scene, offering everything from experimental performances to grand Broadway productions.

List Of Theatre Shows

2 Pianos 4 Hands
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Upcoming Shows: 17
North Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts
Jul 25, 2024 7:30 PM
Beehive
Beehive
Upcoming Shows: 21
Marriott Theatre
Jul 25, 2024 7:30 PM
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group
Upcoming Shows: 196
Blue Man Theater at The Luxor Hotel
Jul 25, 2024 8:00 PM
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
Upcoming Shows: 13
Marriott Theatre
Jul 26, 2024 10:00 AM
SAW The Musical
SAW The Musical
Upcoming Shows: 8
The Den Theatre
Jul 26, 2024 7:30 PM
SAVOR After Hours
SAVOR After Hours
Upcoming Shows: 29
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
Jul 26, 2024 7:30 PM
Miss Elli's Feelin' Groovy Kids Brunch
Miss Elli's Feelin' Groovy Kids Brunch
Upcoming Shows: 1
City Winery - Chicago
Jul 27, 2024 11:00 AM
Lord Of The Rings
Lord Of The Rings
Upcoming Shows: 43
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Jul 27, 2024 2:00 PM
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin'
Upcoming Shows: 28
Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace
Jul 27, 2024 3:00 PM
Million Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet
Upcoming Shows: 7
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Jul 27, 2024 3:00 PM
Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare
Upcoming Shows: 195
The Lion Theatre - Chicago
Jul 27, 2024 5:00 PM
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Upcoming Shows: 18
Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre
Jul 27, 2024 7:30 PM
Shrek The Musical
Shrek The Musical
Upcoming Shows: 7
Fisher Theatre - MI
Aug 2, 2024 7:30 PM
Carousel
Carousel
Upcoming Shows: 11
Center Theatre At North Shore Center For The Performing Arts
Aug 8, 2024 2:00 PM
Dance For Life Chicago
Dance For Life Chicago
Upcoming Shows: 1
Auditorium Theatre - IL
Aug 10, 2024 6:00 PM
Back To The Future - Theatrical Production
Back To The Future - Theatrical Production
Upcoming Shows: 24
Winter Garden Theatre - New York
Aug 13, 2024 7:00 PM
Sapphira Cristal
Sapphira Cristal
Upcoming Shows: 1
House Of Blues - Chicago
Aug 15, 2024 7:00 PM
Matthew Polenzani
Matthew Polenzani
Upcoming Shows: 1
Martin Theater At Ravinia
Aug 20, 2024 7:30 PM
Bluey's Big Play
Bluey's Big Play
Upcoming Shows: 2
Genesee Theatre
Aug 21, 2024 6:30 PM
1776 - The Musical
1776 - The Musical
Upcoming Shows: 61
Marriott Theatre
Aug 21, 2024 7:30 PM
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