There are so many great theater venues in and near the 40th Ward. Check out some great entertainment and support our local talent.
About Face Theatre
Address: 5252 N. Broadway St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
About Face Theatre (AFT) was founded by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995 in response to the lack of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) voices within the American theatrical canon. From its inception, About Face has produced innovative theater in collaboration with both nationally recognized and emerging artists. In its 20 year history, AFT has developed nearly 60 productions for Chicago audiences, including 46 world premieres.
Griffin Theater Company
Address: 5301 North Damen Avenue, Chicago
The mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration, the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience.
Old Town School of Folk Music / Concerts
Address: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one’s interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres.
pH Comedy Theater
Address: 1515 West Berwyn Avenue, Chicago
pH is a comedy theater in Chicago that has been putting on original comedic work since 2002. Founded by Christian Carranza, Jeff Ford, Jason Geis, Kristine Kitts and Micah Philbrook – pH is seen as the people’s improv comedy theater. Their signature shows go beyond the boundaries of the stage and involve the audience in most aspects of the show. pH shows are a fully participatory experience and you will leave most every show having had a hand in its outcome.
Quest Theatre Ensemble
Performance Space: The Blue Theater
Address: 1609 West Gregory, Chicago
Since it’s founding in October 2002, Quest has created over twenty original productions, featuring spectacular large-scale puppetry and creative visual elements, that have toured to hundreds of schools, retirement communities, churches and social service organizations in the Chicago-land area, totaling over 1,000 performances. Quest’s annual season now includes two main stage productions that are staged in residence for six weeks each, attracting over 2,000 audience members to the theater annually.
Address: 5153 N Ashland, Chicago
Raven Theatre is committed to presenting the range of modern drama from Ibsen to the most current playwrights on the rise. Through a vigorous program of full productions and new play development, as well as a first class theatre education series Raven creates a powerful and welcoming environment in which artists hone their skills, young students gain valuable insights into theatre arts, and patrons experience high-quality programming that is easily accessible to all.
Address: 5153 N Ashland, Chicago
The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:
- Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.
- Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.
Immediate, unproduceable events at head-slappingly affordable prices.
- Work that embraces those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater – inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.