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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-595-5600
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Red Velvet

This is my first time in Chicago and i liked the idea to touch the heart of the art in such a... read more

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Minsk, Belarus
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Great Regional Theater

This was our first visit to the Yard Theater at Navy Pier and we were delighted with the... read more

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-595-5600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my first time in Chicago and i liked the idea to touch the heart of the art in such a beautiful place. All actors’ play was beyond any compliments. I loved Dion Johnstone and Bri Sudia!!!

Thank liloo-19
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit to the Yard Theater at Navy Pier and we were delighted with the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The multiple level seating around the thrust stage was intimate without a bad seat in the house. Our seats were perfectly...More

Thank MMM_and_MPM
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I attended a performance of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" last weekend. It was our first visit to the Shakespeare Theater and we were blown away. I attend a lot of plays and A Midsummer Nights Dream is one of my all time...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater stages a wide variety of top-level theater on a relatively small thrust stage. We have seen classical Shakespeare on the Globe-like design as well as other classics and original productions such as our Christmas choice this year, the Q Brother’s Christmas Carol....More

Thank douglasl739
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We loved our experience at this show. Saw Red Velvet and all of the actors were fabulous. The theater was very cool (in the round) and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Thank Debra B
Reviewed 31 December 2017

My wife and I saw Red Velvet. Small intimate theater. Great actors. What a story - apparently not just Shakespeare plays but also plays related to Shakespeare. This was about first black actor to play Othello on London's main stage. Very accessible and captivating and...More

Thank GregOakPark
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We've seen a couple of shows here - Taming of the Shrew and Brothers Q A Christmas Carol. Both were excellent. The theaters are intimate, not a bad seat in the house and the acting is great with inventive staging.

Thank fudsss
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

I have been bringing budding Bardologists to appreciate the work of the Chicago Shakes for over a decade. In that time I have only been disappointed in the failure of the theatre-going public to recognize and celebrate this extraordinary voice for classical theatre. I have...More

1  Thank Johnbartonrulz
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We went with our kids to see Madagascar! It was excellent! We've seen a bunch of shows here and every single one of them did not disappoint. One word of advice, even if the parking lot on site says it's full, you can still park...More

1  Thank _chrissanchez96
Reviewed 4 November 2017

If you are in Chicago around the Thanksgiving through New Years, definitely check out the Q Brothers, "Christmas Carol." I've seen their productions since the early 2000's. They have been doing Rap Shakespeare way before "Hamilton" appeared. Their version of a "Christmas Carol" is excellent....More

Thank Melissa T
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
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Questions & Answers
Vanessa V
4 January 2017|
Response from Chicago_Shakespeare | Property representative |
Hello Vanessa, great question! The Theater has no formal dress code—so wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Some audience members dress up (dresses, heels, etc), but you're just as likely to see people wearing jeans. On... More
Arnold B
1 May 2016|
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Response from Darlene43 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's a limited run show right now. You'll have to check and see if it's extended.