Thursday, August 31, 2023

Best Chicago Theatre For Fall 2023

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar



Here at and we adore Chicago's live theatre scene. I've been catching shows in Chicago since I moved here in 1990 and I've been reviewing as an official theatre critic since 2008. Over the past 15 years I've seen incredible productions and world class talent on stage and behind the scenes. This September alone, I'm personally catching 25 shows! Chicago's theatre scene is second to none and residents and visitors alike are in for a treat this fall, with an incredible array of stellar openings. Chicago theatre is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theatres throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theatres to the most renowned resident theatres in the country, including 6 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation.

Offerings from the city’s more than 250 producing theatres include a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as comedy, dance, festivals, and more. For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions visit the League of Chicago Theatres website, Additionally, many fall shows will be available at Hot Tix, Chicago’s local, discounted ticketing service. Hot Tix operates online at and in-person at Guest Services inside Block 37 Shops on State, 108 N State Street. The Block 37 location is open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

League of Chicago Theatre Executive Director Marissa Lynn Jones comments, “Theatre is an important part of the cultural and vibrant fabric of Chicago, adding to the soul and character of our city. The Fall Theatre Guide is full of theatre, music, dance and comedy productions, giving people a reason to leave their homes and take in a show, whether it be downtown, in a neighborhood, or in a suburb. We hope to share the joy of experiencing live theatre to as many residents and visitors as possible this season.”

The following is a selection of notable work playing in Chicago this Fall, organized by location.

A selection of productions playing in theatres located in the Loop are:


Broadway In Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre

Playing September 13 – December 3

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

The Nacirema Society

Goodman Theatre

Playing September 16 – October 15

Every year since Emancipation, The Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces six elegant African-American debutantes to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. For these young ladies, bus boycotts and freedom marches are less interesting than making a perfect entrance or plotting the perfect blackmail.


The Lehman Trilogy

Broadway In Chicago at Broadway Playhouse

Playing September 19 – October 29

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young Jewish man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is soon joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.


The Flying Dutchman

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Playing September 23 – October 7

The Flying Dutchman is the story of a young woman's obsession. Senta dreams of the Dutchman, who's cursed to wander the earth. He comes ashore every seven years, searching for a woman who will be faithful to him until death. When she meets him, Senta's fate is sealed.



The Joffrey Ballet

Playing October 12-22

The critically acclaimed adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein, is a visceral, profoundly emotional tale of life, death, love, and identity. Set to Liebermann’s original sweeping score and immersed within the stunning stage design by world-renowned artist John Macfarlane, this must-see Chicago premiere is one of the most innovative works of ballet today.


Twelfth Night

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Playing October 25 – November 26

Tyrone Phillips, a first generation Jamaican-American, reimagines Illyria in the Caribbean in an exuberant production that makes the play’s oft-quoted line, “If music be the food of love, play on,” ring truer than ever. Separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck and washed ashore in Illyria, the spirited Viola dresses as a man to work for charming Duke Orsino—and finds herself in the middle of a love triangle of hilarious mistaken identities.



Broadway In Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Playing October 31 – November 12

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.



Broadway In Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre

Playing November 7-19

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.

Theatres are located in almost every neighborhood in Chicago. A selection of productions playing throughout Chicago are:


A Taste of Soul

Black Ensemble Theater

Playing August 26 – October 15

Experience how Soul music has evolved from its Gospel roots to the pop culture sensation of today. With songs from some of Soul’s greatest hit makers like Barry White, Lou Rawls, Al Green, Bobby Caldwell, Gladys Knight and duets from legends like Peaches & Herb, Ashford & Simpson – and the list goes on and on!


A Hit Dog will Holler


Playing August 29 – September 17

When racism and oppression manifest in a scary, physical form, a social media influencer and a boots-on-the-ground activist form a complex bond of friendship to help each other survive. What happens when there’s no more outside space for the growing monster that is American racism?


Cat’s Cradle

Lifeline Theatre

Playing September 1 – October 22

Join the famed Hoenikker family on the Caribbean Island of San Lorenzo for a satirical tale of how “pure” scientific research, banana republic politics, and an organized religion based on lies bring about the end of the world.



A Red Orchid Theatre

Playing September 7 – October 29

Who celebrates their 26th birthday in the alley? Puff, that's who. With the help of her best friend Jame and the unlikely company of Georgia, Puff rings in her new year with laughter, connection, a dose of danger, and Miller High Life.


Sanctuary City

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Playing September 14 – November 18

Newark, NJ. Post-9/11. Two teenagers, brought to America as children, now face an unlikely foe: unexpected, unreciprocated love. Their friendship is no longer enough (for one of them) and their adopted country doesn’t love them back.


Blues for an Alabama Sky

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Playing September 14 – October 15

It’s 1930 in Harlem and jazz singer Angel has just gotten fired from The Cotton Club. Supported by her closest friends, Angel hopes for her next big break as costume designer Guy imagines sewing dresses in Paris, and Delia works to bring family planning centers to the community. But all of their dreams are put in jeopardy when Angel meets Leland, a recent Alabama transplant. Will he be the true love Angel has been waiting for or will he forever alter the dynamic of their precious inner circle?


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Gift Theatre at Filament Theatre

Playing September 14 – October 15

Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.


American Psycho: The Musical

Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

Playing September 14 – November 26

Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip…


Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery

Chicago Children’s Theatre

Playing September 23 – October 15

Through fabulous storytelling and fast-paced comedy, Ben Franklin and his want-to-be-inventor niece, Sarah, travel to France where they us the Scientific Method to test a mystical man’s magical cure-all in Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery.


Destinos: 6th Chicago International Latino Theater Festival

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance

Running September 28 – November 12

Chicago’s annual citywide festival showcasing Latino theater artists and companies from Chicago, the U.S. and Latin America, returns for Chicago’s Latino Heritage Month. The festival is produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), and is presented annually to drive Chicago’s vibrant Latino theater scene to a more prominent level locally, nationally and internationally. The 2023 line-up includes 17 productions all new to Chicago, including four world premieres, two North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, and five Midwest premieres. For additional information and tickets visit


Night Watch

Raven Theatre Company

Playing October 5 – November 12

Moonlit streets, a restless mind and a large window have become Elaine’s nightly routine in her luxurious city townhouse. But insomnia is the least of her worries when a dead body appears in the window of an abandoned, squalid unit across the street. To make matters worse, the body disappears before her husband, best friend or maid have a chance to witness the atrocity.



MPAACT at Greenhouse Theater Center

Playing October 6 – November 19

There’s something strange about the trendy new restaurant in town. When Ann and Rachelle meet there for dinner, there’s already tension in the friendship they’ve built on their common experience navigating academia as black women: While Ann just got tenure at her tiny liberal arts college, Rachelle’s struggling to find her place at the less prestigious State University. So at first, it’s easy to overlook odd things like the single water glass they are offered, or the mysterious server who keeps assigning points to their conversational gambits. But as the hunger sets in, the two professors find themselves the unknowing stars of an absurdist dinner theater performance of black plight. Somebody’s got to take the first bite, after all. A sharp, surreal satire about who gets a place at the table.


Port of Entry

Albany Park Theater Project

Playing October 6 – December 16

Port of Entry invites you to step inside the real-life stories of immigrants and refugees from all parts of the world living side by side in a single apartment building in one of the country’s most diverse immigrant communities: Chicago’s Albany Park. Formed by APTP’s youth ensemble, Port of Entry will take you on a journey through time and across cultures.


Young Frankenstein

Mercury Theater Chicago

Playing October 13 – December 31

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.


That Must Be the Entrance to Heaven

Vision Latino Theatre Company at UrbanTheater Company

Playing October 14 – November 4

Vision Latino Theater Company presents That Must Be the Entrance to Heaven by Franky D. Gonzalez for CLATA’s “Destinos”, the 6th annual International Latino Theater Festival.


The Night of the Hunter

City Lit Theater Company

Playing October 20 – December 3

A world premiere stage adaptation of the noir novel The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb, adapted by Chicago adaptor Shawna Tucker. Inspired by the crimes of West Virginia serial killer Harry Powers, who was executed in Grubb’s home town in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children, The Night of the Hunter is about Henry “Preacher” Powell, who has LOVE tattooed on the knuckles of his right hand and HATE on those of his left, and preys on widows in Depression-era West Virginia.


POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Playing October 26 – December 10

It’s just another (omg, wtf, lmfao) day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. When a White House PR nightmare spins into a legit sh*tshow, seven brilliant and beleaguered women must risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive is a bawdy and irreverent look at sex, politics and the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world. Who knew that global crisis is always just a four-letter word away.


Productions playing in the suburbs of Chicago include:

Little Shop of Horrors

Paramount Theatre

Playing August 30 – October 15

Join us on Skid Row as meek and mild Seymour Krelborn eeks out a living at the failing Mushnik’s Flower Shop. Until one day, he discovers a strange and unusual plant he names Audrey II – one that feeds on human blood. Seymour becomes caught up in a wild scheme of trying to acquire fresh blood for his carnivorous plant – all while attempting to save the love of his life from her evil dentist boyfriend.


Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Drury Lane Theatre

Playing August 30 – October 22

Ring of Fire showcases the story of Johnny Cash through his music. From country rock n’ roll to searing ballads of love and faith, Cash’s iconic songs highlight the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. Performed by an incredible group of actor/musicians, Ring of Fire celebrates the music that has become a part of our collective experience.



Marriott Theatre

Playing August 23 – October 15

Gypsy is the tale of the ultimate ambitious stage mother, fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. This lavish classic boasts a celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim including: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”


Welcome to Matteson!

Congo Square Theatre Company

Playing September 6 – October 1

A dark comedy by Inda Craig-Galván, Welcome to Matteson! follows two Black couples over the course of a dinner party; one couple has lived in the Chicago suburb of Matteson for years, the other has just moved in after being forcibly relocated from the Cabrini-Green housing projects. A uniquely Chicago story, the play explores universal themes of gentrification, housing justice, and inter-class relationships.


Birthday Candles

Northlight Theatre

Playing September 7 – October 8

Ernestine Ashworth spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, an infinity of dreams, and one cake baked over a century.


The Mousetrap

Citadel Theatre Company

Playing September 13 – October 15

After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate.


The American Dream

Subtext Studio at Madison Street Theater

Playing October 5-29

Guatemalan immigrant Corina has made her way across the border guided by Efren, a human smuggler, aka coyote. Efren imprisons her while awaiting the final payment from her husband. Lies and truth get tangled as each desperately battles for their own definitions of freedom.


Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon

Music Theater Works

Playing October 12 – November 12

You can only see it for a single day every hundred years. No, not the show, but the enchanted town in the misty highlands. You’ll get lost in Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon with our hero and heroine and the wonderful residents of this mythical place singing such standards as “Almost Like Being In Love,” “Come to Me, Bend to Me,” and “Heather on the Hill,” made famous by the classic MGM film and numerous productions, each more beloved than the last.

For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago Theatres website, Available discounted tickets will be listed at

Chicago theatres prioritize safely gathering. Patrons are encouraged to confirm current protocols at each theatre. Shows and protocols are subject to change.

About Chicago theatre 

Chicago’s theatres serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. Each year Chicago theatres send new work to resident theatres across the country, to Broadway, and around the world. For more information, visit

The League of Chicago Theatres’ Mission Statement

Theatre is essential to the life of a great city and to its citizens. The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres, which leverages its collective strength to support, promote and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry. Through our work, we ensure that theatre continues to thrive in our city.


Tuesday, August 29, 2023

OPENING: World Premiere of Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery at Chicago Children’s Theatre September 23-October 15, 2023


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Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new play 
Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery 
to electrify kids, parents and teachers this fall

The creative team for Chicago Children’s Theatre’s world premiere of Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery includes (from left) Suzanne Maynard Miller (adaptor), Tommy Rapley (director) and (at press time, June 22) cast members China Brickey, Kasey Foster, Rika Nishikawa and Shawn Pfautsch.

Here at ChiIL Mama, we've been huge fans of Chicago Children’s Theatre since their inception, 19 years ago, when I brought my then toddlers to see their first show ever, A Year with Frog and Toad. Over the years my son and daughter grew up with Chicago Children’s Theatre and so many original, world class productions and book based adaptations. Fast forward to the present, where and my now 20 and 22 year olds still adore theatre, and my son has graduated from Northwestern with a degree in the field, and a passion for theatre for young audiences and teaching children! Theatre sparks creativity and empathy as well as opening doors in the imagination. You never know where those doors might lead. We're excited for Chicago Children’s Theatre's latest brand new production, and I'll be out to review at the press opening, still with my son. How many parents of adult children can say that? I'm one lucky mama. 

Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago’s largest professional theater devoted to children and young families, is amped to launch its 19th season with an electrifying new production, the world premiere of Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery.

Part farce, part docudrama, Mesmerized is a fun new introduction for kids to Ben Franklin, one of our country’s founding fathers and most famous scientists, best known for being the first to harness electricity with a kite and a key.

Through fabulous storytelling, fast-paced comedy and audience interaction, Ben and his smart, outspoken young niece, Sarah, embark on a journey to France where they discover that people are being magically cured by a mysterious man - Dr. Mesmer. So Ben and Sarah agree to employ the Scientific Method to put Dr. Mesmer's mystical powers to the test. Is it science, is it magic, or will we all be Mesmerized? 

Watching the on-stage pandemonium unfold through the eyes of young Sarah, kids will be having such a good time that they won’t even realize they’re learning about science, history, the American Revolution and Ben Franklin’s many scientific discoveries and inventions. 

Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery runs September 23-October 15, 2023, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Press openings are Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Run time is 60 minutes. Mesmerized is recommended for ages seven and up. 

Single tickets, $30-$40 (including fees), are on sale now. Visit, call (312) 374-8835, or email for tickets, group rates and more information.

Even better, subscriptions to Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2023-24 season are now on sale at Three-show packages including MesmerizedThe Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, and A Year with Frog and Toad, start at just $83. Or, choose a two-play package starting at just $53. 

Chicago Children’s Theatre is located at 100 S. Racine Ave., at Monroe, in the heart of Chicago's West Loop. It’s minutes from I-90 and I-290, as well as downtown and Ashland Avenue. Free, onsite parking is available on the south side of the building. Free street parking can be found nearby on weekends, or try the Impark parking lot, 1301 W. Madison St.

For more, visit, follow the company on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to its YouTube channel, CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Behind-the-scenes of Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery

Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery is based on a real-life, scientific stand-off between Ben Franklin and Dr. Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician known for coining the term “animal magnetism” and one of very few people whose name has become a verb in everyday use – mesmerize. In 1782, at the behest of the King of France and his teen bride, Marie Antoinette, Franklin was summoned to the halls of Versailles, where he used the Scientific Method to put Dr. Mesmer’s dubious new miracle cure-all to the ultimate test.

“In the end, the story of Ben Franklin and Franz Mesmer exhibits the strength of the imagination and the power of the Placebo Effect,” says Suzanne Maynard Miller, who adapted the play, inspired by Mara Rockcliff’s book “Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France.” “But, most of all, this narrative explores the idea of science and its capacity to guide us as we navigate this thing called life.” 

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s debut production of Mesmerized is directed by Tommy Rapley, who previously staged the company’s acclaimed production of Leo Lionni’s Frederick, also adapted by Suzanne Maynard Miller, and choreographed CCT’s productions of The Hundred Dresses and A Year with Frog and Toad

The cast for Mesmerized features China Brickey as Marie Antoinette, Tony Carter as Mesmer, Kasey Foster as Charles, Rika Nishikawa as Sarah, Eli Sulkowksi as the King, and Shawn Pfautsch as Ben Franklin. They’ll be supported by a nimble ensemble working at lightning speed to tell the true story of a defining moment in science history. 

Per usual, this CCT world premiere also showcases the work of top Chicago professional designers, including Collette Pollard (set), Mieka van der Ploeg(costumes), Trey Brazeal (lights), Matthew Muñiz (sound and original music), Bren Coombs (props), Megan E. Pirtle (wigs, assistant costume designer), Lauren Nichols (assistant scenic designer), Anastar Alvarez(production stage manager) and Shannon Golden-Starr and Zachary Crewse(assistant stage managers). 

Coming soon at Chicago Children’s Theatre
(left) Returning cast members Felix Mayes and Lily Emerson in the 2022 production of The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. (right) Audience members enjoying the post-show holiday tea party. Photos by Charles Osgood.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
Based on the stories by Beatrix Potter
Created by Will Bishop, Lara Carling, Kay Kron, Grace Needlman and Ray Rehberg
Directed by Will Bishop
Puppet designs by Grace Needlman
Original music by Ray Rehberg and Charlie Malave
Starring Lily Emerson, Charlie Malave and Felix Mayes
Designed by Grace Needlman (puppets), Johan Gallardo (costumes) and Daniel Etti-Williams (sound)
November 4-December 31, 2023
Public performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with added weekday morning matinees for school groups and the holidays
For ages up to 8

Children, you are cordially invited to meet your favorite Beatrix Potter friends, including Mrs. Tittlemouse, the Two Bad Mice, the Tailor of Gloucester, and of course, Peter Rabbit. These four adorable Beatrix Potter favorite tales come to life in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s ever-popular, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music on mandolin, violin, toy piano and banjo. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to reveal images that surprise and delight children, many experiencing live theater for the first time. 

This handmade, lovingly crafted piece is an annual favorite at CCT. Over the past seven years, Beatrix Potter & Friends has toured to schools, libraries, cultural institutions, and even to China. CCT’s charming storytellers interweave the classic narration and guide gentle interactive moments, recruiting young watchers to join the adventure. After the show, head to the lobby to play with the puppets, take pictures with the cast, and join fellow Chicago families for a communal tea party featuring a festive spread of holiday treats.

(left, from left) Matthew Yee played Frog and Andy Nagraj was Toad in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s A Year with Frog and Toad in 2017. Photo by Charles Osgood. (right) Michelle Lopez-Rios will direct CCT’s new 2024 staging of A Year with Frog and Toad.

A Year with Frog and Toad
Book and lyrics by Robert Reale and Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel 
Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios
Music Direction and Musical Reductions by Christie Chilles Twillie
Designers include Micah Figueroa (choreographer and associate director), Courtney O'Neill (set), Rachel Healy (costumes), Trey Brazeal (lights), Christie Chilles Twillie (sound) and Lonnae Hickman (props) 
April 13-June 9, 2024
Press opening: Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Public performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
For all ages        
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 19th season finale is a celebration of the joyful energy that launched the company, A Year with Frog and Toad. Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel's beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. 

Michelle Lopez-Rios, who staged CCT’s 2022 world premiere Carmela Full of Wishes, returns to direct a new take on this beloved tale of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. The design team features top Chicago professionals like Courtney O’Neill (set), Lonnae Hickman (props) and Christie Chilles Twillie (sound), underscoring CCT’s commitment to producing high caliber productions for children. The cast is TBA.

A Year with Frog and Toad was originally presented on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz and Roy Furman. The play had its world Premiere at The Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

About Chicago Children’s Theatre

“The Chicago theater scene is legendarily vibrant, so naturally a number of companies tailor productions to younger audiences. The cream of the crop is Chicago Children’s Theatre.” – Chicago Tribune

Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine St. in Chicago’s West Loop, is Chicago’s destination for the best plays, musicals, classes and performing arts camps for young audiences. 

The company was founded in 2005 with a big idea: Chicago is the greatest theater city in the world, and it deserves a great children’s theater. Today, Chicago Children’s Theatre is the city’s largest professional theater company devoted exclusively to children and young families. 

In 2017, following 11 years of itinerancy, Chicago Children’s Theatre celebrated the opening of its forever home in Chicago’s West Loop community. The building, formerly the 12th District Chicago Police Station, was repurposed into a LEED Gold-certified, mixed-use performing arts, education and community engagement facility. For children, parents, caregivers and teachers, CCT is a convenient, welcoming community hub, centrally located in the city, with free, onsite parking. 

Chicago Children’s Theatre has established a national reputation for the production of first-rate children’s theater with professional writing, performing, and directorial talent and high-quality design and production expertise. In 2019, the company won the National TYA Artistic Innovation Award from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Chicago Children’s Theatre has also garnered six NEA Art Works grants, and in 2017, was the first theater for young audiences to win a National Theatre Award from the American Theatre Wing, creators of the Tony Awards.

In tandem with its live productions, Chicago Children’s Theatre offers a full slate of Access services for patrons with disabilities, including ASL interpretation, open captioning, touch tours and sensory friendly performances. CCT also provides thousands of free and reduced-price tickets to under-resourced schools each season in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to live shows, CCT offers a full roster of performing arts education programs for ages 0 to 14. Visit for information on classes, workshops, winter, spring break and “school’s out” camps, and summer camps. Due to popular demand, in addition to its home in the West Loop, CCT camps and classes have expanded to new locations including Menomonee Club Drucker Center in Lincoln Park. Chicago Children’s Theatre also provides live theater experiences, classes and camps for children with autism and other special needs via its Red Kite Project, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2023.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is supported by Goldman SachsPaul M. Angell Family FoundationThe Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing ArtsThe Shubert FoundationPolk Bros FoundationThe MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at PrinceBayless Family FoundationThe Crown FamilyRea Charitable TrustComEdUS BankCity of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities CouncilNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA)The Susan M. Venturi Fund in memory of James and Roslyn Marks to Support Theatre Education Access, and Erin and Jason, Ben, Bici and David Pritzker

Chicago Children’s Theatre is led by Co-Founders, Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, with Board President Armando Chacon

For more, visit, follow the company on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to its YouTube channel, CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre.