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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

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Address: 800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater...

Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, 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.

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Shakespeare In Love

If you are an expert in the arts, don't read my review! This for those of us who are not, for I'm not a play or theater kind of person, but actually thought I'd try it. My ticket... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are an expert in the arts, don't read my review! This for those of us who are not, for I'm not a play or theater kind of person, but actually thought I'd try it. My ticket was about $50 for this show, and boy I'm glad I went. For entertainment purposes I would have to say it was... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stumbled upon this place during my visit to Chicago Navy Pier. While, I wanted to see theatrics I was not able to decide which one, but the beauty of this place is such that you will not be able to resist. Once the show started it did not disappoint in terms of acting and direction. Totally worth it.

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Geneva, Illinois
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154 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Just LOVE Shakespeare Theater! The plays are always extremely well done. The acting is superb! The stage has to be seen and the views from the lobby are breathtaking! This is a venue that one must experience!

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

If see one play this year in Chicago, see this one. Incredibly well staged, acted and directed. It is about the Shoah, but not just that. It's also about family and refugees. With all that is happening in the world right now it could not be more topical.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This past year I had the privilege of seeing the two days of a cycle of Shakespeare's history plays (one in the spring and one in the fall). They were imaginatively directed and delivered with a modern audience in mind. We had a 45 minute lunch break and could order a nice wrap and other food items in advance. I... More 

Thank MaryinChicago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

King Charles III interesting and to us sad but not gripping drama, well acted and staged as expected in this wonderful theater. Such a comfortable well-functioning venue. Some of the best city views in town from the lobby. One of our favorite treats when we're in town, and sometimes a show here is our excuse for a trip.

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Westmont, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Every time I attend a production here, I continue to be impressed! It is a beautiful and intimate venue with excellent lighting and comfortable seats. While there's not a bad seat in the house, our favorite seat location is the second floor where a perfect view of the entire stage is yours as there are only two rows of seats!... More 

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Reviewed 11 December 2016

The acting brings the stories to life at "Chicago Shakes," whether the play written recently, such as "King Charles III," which I just saw with my husband, or written in Shakespeare's time. Vision and sound are good, no matter what level tickets you purchase. Set design is always creative and costumes are stunning. Parking is available on Navy Pier and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It's my second visit to this theater! How could I not to come here before when we would come to Chicago almost every summer????? Amazing theater!!!!!! Great location. Reasonable prices! For theater lovers it's a must!!!

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River Forest, Illoinois
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

It is hard to find enough in the way of superlatives for this theater company. Extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other plays, brilliantly staged and acted. The theatre itself is modeled on Shakespeare's Globe, and is a perfect setting. All seats are good. This is as good as theater gets.

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Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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