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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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Exquisite Venue and Accomplished Production

The Courtyard Theater is warm and inviting and, from the moment we entered, I felt embraced by the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Oakland, California
Best Shakespeare outside of London

If you're a fan of Shakespearean theater I highly recommend catching a show at the Chicago... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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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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“navy pier” (133 reviews)
800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-595-5600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Courtyard Theater is warm and inviting and, from the moment we entered, I felt embraced by the spirit of Shakespeare. The play, The Taming of the Shrew, was clever and inventive. Beautifully staged and captivating. It was a very special theatrical experience and my...More

Thank ebk16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're a fan of Shakespearean theater I highly recommend catching a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Have been there several times, most recently for Taming of the Shrew which was thoroughly delightful and original. There's not a bad seat in...More

Thank seibo2830
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw Taming of the Shrew last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cast was outstanding as they shifted between their two roles. The venue is delightful, there isn't a bad seat. Can't recommend it highly enough. If you can, GO!

1  Thank janeo859
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have seen two shows at the CST, and both knocked it out of the park. This past weekend I attended opening night of "The Taming of the Shrew," and it was fantastic. The acting was excellent and the new framework created for the play...More

Thank Minda P
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Madagascar was our 4th children's production we have seen at this theater in the last five years. We are always so impressed with the level of quality with the sets, the music, the costuming and the acting. These shows are not just for children to...More

Thank msp526
Reviewed 29 August 2017

My granddaughter and her 2 girls (12 and 9) and I saw Madagascar at Chicago Shakespeare at Navy Pier last month. I thought it would be strictly a kids show, but was surprised to see that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Music and characters were superb....More

Thank arlenet36
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We took our son and his family for the 6 y-o grandson's birthday celebration, one of several. This may be his favorite. The play is so funny, even if you've never seen it 17 times in the cartoon format. The costumes/puppets are fantastic, the actors...More

Thank irishiiis
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We saw Madagascar with our 5, 8, and 17 year old children. They all loved it. I could see how some seats wouldn't be recommended but we were in the dress section right next to the stage perfect view. Only recommendation would be to have...More

Thank Alicia M
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Delightful adaptation of the movie Madagascar done on stage. The production is 70 minutes of pure fun. The actors are engaging, talented, and bursting with entertainment. it is a must show for kids. I took my grandchildren ages 6 and 3, and they loved the...More

Thank Lucille M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The setting is perfect, right on Navy Pier next to the beautiful Lake Michigan. The building itself is gorgeous and glistens in the sunlight. The interior is beautiful and is a perfect place to watch your favorite show. Wonderful experience!

Thank Daniel A
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
2 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.