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

Mother Goose's Garden
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
April 22 - August 27
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


Cadillac Palace Theatre
Apr 11 - Sep 10
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.

Beauty and the Beast

Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center
May 10 - Aug 11
Join Bella as she ventures from her little village to the Beast’s castle in order to save her Papa. In the mysterious castle, she’ll befriend enchanted characters and meet the Beast himself.

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.


Jan 01 - Dec 31

First Folio Theatre presents As You Like It

Mayslake Peabody Estate
Jul 15 - Aug 20
During the summer season, First Folio’s productions are held outside on the grounds of the gorgeous Mayslake Peabody Estate mansion, and guests are invited to bring their picnic baskets, candelabras, blankets and chairs, and wine and cheese to enjoy the productions under the stars.

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jul 13 - Aug 27
A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York’s Central Park Zoo.

A Midsummer Night’s Daydream - with a twist

Ethel M. Barber Theater
Jul 21 - Jul 30
Eight performers will create more than two dozen characters in a wild reimagining of “A Midsummer Night’s Daydream,” Shakespeare’s tale of love, madness and mischief.

Mother Goose's Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre
Apr 22 - Aug 27
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre!

Peter and the Starcatcher

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Jul 13 - Aug 20
Follow the journey of an orphan longing to find a home and family of his own. Imprisoned on a ship bound for Rundoon he is befriended by a young girl, Molly. Together they embark on an adventure encountering mermaids, protecting treasure and outwitting pirates.

Pride Ever After

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
Jul 08 - Jul 30
Pride Ever After explores what it means to add pride to familiar “Happily Ever After” tales and looks at the world through rainbow-colored lenses. The show was purposefully written to address LGBTQIA+ themes in a fun and friendly way. Each performance will end with a Q&A with the cast.

Storytown Improv

Stage 773
Jan 01 - Dec 31
The audience becomes an integral part of the show, as each and every story is created based on the suggestions of the children. Every show begins with the audience choosing a location for the story to take place. Children are then invited onstage to decorate the backdrop and start to bring the story to life.

Coming Soon

Clue the Musical

Vero Voce Theater
Jul 28 - Aug 06

A Year with Frog and Toad

Chicago Children's Theatre
Sep 23 - Oct 29
Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons, telling the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.


Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Oct 25 - Dec 31
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Chicago Children's Theatre
Dec 02 - Dec 17
Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show.