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.
“Experience driven. Audience First.” Premiering in March of 2015 with a mission to present contemporary, relevant, and approachable art, the Playhouse has quickly become a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. In 2018, its runaway hit, the immersive SOUTHERN GOTHIC, solidified the Playhouse as *the* Chicago theater for one-of-a-kind audience experiences.
Combining relatable material with high quality artistry, we seek to create work accessible by audiences of all kinds. In this aim, we have created The Playhouse as a space for audiences to linger before and after the performance—a place to decompress with art. Our flagship location in Irving Park offers comfortable digs in the lobby, complete with a fireplace, plenty of seating with room for mingling, and a fully-stocked bar. Meanwhile, the South Loop location houses our immersive productions, hosting an intimate audience of only 30 people.
Immersive theater is the Playhouse's newest frontier, forging the way for all boundary-pushing theater across Chicago. With the action only inches from the audience, our patrons can experience drama like never before. You can be the ghost in the room or the fly on the wall, absorbing all of the intrigue and suspense first-hand. Such experiences are especially perfect for groups of friends who know each other intimately. Walking from space to space, gauging each other’s reactions to the drama unfolding around them, a group of friends can experience immersive theater at its fullest potential.
The Playhouse is set apart from other theaters in the city by its enveloping experience of warmth and welcome, which thereby makes our audiences more receptive to unusual or challenging material. Our patrons are remarkably loyal, and we are happy to welcome them back into our home again and again for yet another artistic affair. We encourage newcomers to join us at any time. Who knows; it may become your favorite new spot.
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.