No other theatre in the world is quite like Chicago theatre. It’s real, elevated to an intensity you cannot turn away from. Even on your first visit, you can feel it. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. Rising from a city of innovators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From the jaw-dropping productions of Broadway In Chicago to the intimate and honest storefront plays and improv, the spirit of the city can be found in our 200+ theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must experience our theatre. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Book your next show today! Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com or find half-price deals at HotTix.org.
Our mission is to spotlight new talent for the stage, both actors and writers, so we specialize in doing plays by emerging playwrights.
We will never do the female version of the Odd Couple or the umpteenth play about Frankenstein, for example..we leave that to others.
We do plays about issues that touch people's everyday lives, such as divorce, heart attacks, caring for aging parents, sexual assault, and look at how characters rise above their travails to begin key second acts in their lives.
In 2018, for example, we held a #MeToo Play Festival, performing six 10-minute plays that looked at issues and situations raised by the #MeToo Movement. May 2019 follows that up with our Women's Empowerment Play Festival, featuring two one-act plays with women heroes overcoming past traumas and sexual stereotyping.
In January 2019 we took a show to New York, performing a play about four high school boys during the Vietnam War years in the very high school that inspired the play. The Institute examined how the issues and divisions of the Vietnam era continue to follow us and shape our national political scene today.
Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre? Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional ensemble of talent provides exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. This spirit of Chicago theatre is found in all of our neighborhoods, from downtown theatres to behind the storefronts, in a diverse collection of over 200 dynamic theatres. Learn more at ChicagoPlays.com.