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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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Best Children's Theater Productions

Madagascar was our 4th children's production we have seen at this theater in the last five years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Super family entertainment

My granddaughter and her 2 girls (12 and 9) and I saw Madagascar at Chicago Shakespeare at Navy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fox Lake, 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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800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-595-5600
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Lovely decor, almost every seat in the theater is a good seat. Parking is convenient with a portion of Navy Pier parking dedicated to the theater. You can purchase a drink or snack. An inexpensive night at the theater. We will go again!

Thank _Georgiank1
Reviewed 15 June 2017

If you love Shakespeare, and frankly even if you you're only "in like" with him, this is a world class theater. I've had season tickets for past 20+ years, before it was moved to Navy Pier and there's never a mediocre performance. Fabulous actors -...More

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

It was such a fun idea to see "Shakespeare in love" at the Shakespeare Theatre at Navy pier. We went this past Friday to see the performance. There is abundant parking at Navy pier, which makes it the most convenient theater to drive to. It's...More

4  Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent production of Shakespeare In Love! This professional ensemble did a great job with this performance. Can't wait to see more at this theater with their new expansion.

1  Thank Snowfire1970
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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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.