Chicago Children's Theater Listings

The following children's plays are taking place now or starting soon in the Chicago area. Scroll down to see other theater productions that are coming soon.

Note: Dates listed are performance beginning and end dates. Please call for specific performances dates and times within those ranges, as not all performances take place on a daily basis.

Featured Productions

The Greatest Story Never Told
Under the Gun Theater
December 31 - March 18
Children in the audience are invited to volunteer to come on stage and be a character in The Greatest Story Never Told, helped by "interns," played by professional adult improvisers. After the show, designers collaborate and transform the improvised story into a purchasable digital and physical storybook. Full Listing >
Also see details on the Special New Year's Show.

Mother Goose's Garden
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
April 22 - December 31
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre Full Listing >

Now Playing

Montauciel Takes Flight

Lifeline Theater
Jan 13 - Feb 18
Montauciel’s name may mean “climb-to-the-sky,” but for all her life the young ewe has been stuck on the ground. Then one day, her adventurous spirit carries her to the town of Annonay, where she teams up with the legendary Montgolfier brothers.

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre
Jan 01 - Dec 31
Blue Man Group is a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other.

Chicken Little

Stahl Family Theater
Jan 17 - Feb 28
The sky is falling! Will anyone believe Chicken Little's warning? Sing along with Chicken Little and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Goosey Loosey, and Foxy Loxy as they travel to tell the King the news.


Jan 01 - Jan 31

The Enchanted Castle

Mudlark Theater at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
Jan 19 - Jan 28
It's the summer of 1914 in the West of England...and the Ostler siblings are bored. But when they stumble upon a sleeping princess in a mysterious castle, they get thrown into an adventure . their wildest dreams


Filament Theatre
Dec 30 - Feb 11
Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, you will build adventures of your own devising.

The Greatest Story Never Told

Under the Gun Theater
Dec 31 - Mar 18
When the actors get stuck in traffic on the way to this show, the narrator must recruit children in the audience to volunteer to come on stage and be a character in The Greatest Story Never Told, along with “interns” played by a rotating cast of professional adult improvisers.

Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Jan 11 - Feb 17
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! In the theatrical world of Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, Junie B.’s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and life-long lessons about being a good person and a good friend!

Mother Goose's Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre
Apr 22 - Mar 11
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre!

My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Chicago Children's Theatre
Jan 16 - Feb 18
In a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children, Oobladee, Ooblahdah, and Shebobshebe explore their friendship at a magical birthday party! In a Land Beyond the Rainbow, when hurtful words about skin color slip out, best friends discover how to appreciate outer beauty while learning to seek the remarkable gifts inside each of us.


Jan 20 - Feb 24
Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down.

That's Weird, Grandma

Neo-Futurist Theater
Jan 22 - Feb 19
That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories for Change will highlight the fascinating, hilarious, and poignant change our student authors write about wanting to see in their lives and communities.

The Tortoise and the Hare

Beverly Arts Center
Oct 26 - Feb 19
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise?

The Wizard of Oz

Prairie Lakes Theater
Jan 13 - Jan 28
This one-hour adaptation celebrates L. Frank Baum’s timeless story and characters with the music everyone knows and loves, but with Big Noise Theatre’s own special twist.

Coming Soon

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jan 24 - Mar 10
One evening, four young lovers find themselves lost in the forest. When the Fairy Court finds them, hijinks and hilarity ensue until the dawn.

Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare

Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Jan 27 - Feb 25
In this Midwest premiere, the daring sibling duo learns to overcome stage fright to save the famed bard’s show. Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, discover how history is shaped by those who learn to overcome their fears.

Red, honest, in love

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
Jan 27 - Jan 28
Performed in Russian. This is pure forest history of Romeo and Juliet, which will be loved by both adults and children.

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Feb 02 - Feb 02
This musical revue brings five celebrated children’s books to life in an imaginative and entertaining way to illustrate the importance of listening, teamwork and following your dreams.

Busytown, The Musical

Elm Place Middle School
Feb 10 - Feb 18
Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in - he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood.

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

The Chicago Theatre
Feb 17 - Feb 18
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern.


Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Feb 20 - Feb 23
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick’s word begins to spread.


Beverly Arts Center
Feb 22 - May 05
The king and queen have invited all the young ladies of the kingdom to a ball, and Cinderella can’t wait to go. But her stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores she’s sure to be left behind. What will happen when Cinderella's Fairy Godmother grants her wish to attend the royal ball?

The Emperor's New Clothes

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Feb 24 - May 13
Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe.

Chicken Little

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
Mar 02 - Mar 30
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Will anyone believe Chicken Little's warning? Sing along with Chicken Little and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Goosey Loosey, and Foxy Loxy as they travel to tell the King the news.

An Epic Tale of Scale

Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station
Mar 10 - Apr 08
Its an encounter that defies description. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere, interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station.

BrightSide Theatre presents Disney's High School Musical Jr

Meiley-Swallow Hall
Mar 11 - Mar 19
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities.

You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?

Lifeline Theater
Mar 17 - Apr 22
Dew Drop just got her dream assignment: becoming the next Tooth Fairy! But after a botched first mission, she discovers there’s more to her new job than simply being sparkly; it’s going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed.

Roots in the Alley

Adventure Stage Chicago
Mar 31 - May 05
Honey and Blanca are twin fish out of water in Chicago until they stumble into the Ceiba Network, an online game with real world consequences.

The Ugly Duckling

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Apr 03 - Apr 13
CKC’s new bilingual musical is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers--there’s no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale about accepting the wonderful ways in which we’re all one-of-a-kind.

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Apr 19 - May 26
Sally and her brother are bored on a rainy day, when the Cat in the Hat appears with tricks and things and games to play. Their day is filled with mischief and imagination despite protests from their fish.

Curious George

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Apr 21 - Apr 21
All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year and George has been waiting anxiously to help his friend Chef Pisghetti cook something delicious. But when their competitor’s Meatballs O’Matic machine takes the crowd, Curious George must travel to Rome to get a “secret ingredient.”

Last Stop on Market Street

Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station
Apr 24 - Jun 03
Kids (and parents) love Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in teveryday city life.


Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Jul 14 - Aug 12
Based on the immensely popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.


Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Jul 16 - Jul 21
>Cinderella can’t wait to go. But her mean stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores that she’s sure to be left behind.