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

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Through May 27
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! Now Playing – May 27, 2018 at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Tickets start at $19 and are available at EmeraldCityTheatre.com or by phone at 773.935.6100. Full Listing >


Seussical the Musical
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences
April 18 - June 9
Seussical is a fantastical, family-friendly, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Come find out if Horton is able to save the Whos or if maybe the Whos save him! Full Listing >


Now Playing

Beauty and the Beast

Stahl Family Theater
Apr 18 - Jun 29
Meet Bella, an adventurous young woman who ventures from her little village to save her Papa. She must be brave as she enters the Beast’s castle in the forest. There, Bella will encounter enchanted characters and the mysterious 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.

Cinderella

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?

Disney's THE ARISTOCATS KIDS

Wilmette Children's Theatre
Apr 20 - Apr 29

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.

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.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Mar 16 - May 27
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems!

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.

Roots in the Alley

Adventure Stage Chicago
Apr 06 - 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.

Seussical the Musical

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences
Apr 18 - Jun 09
Seussical is a fantastical, family-friendly, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo.

Timeless Magic

Theater Wit
Mar 10 - Apr 28
Sean Masterson’s Timeless Magic is a magic show interwoven with the story of the souvenir coin that Sean’s great uncle received from a magician at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Sean takes his audience on a journey through the “golden age of magic” in his quest to uncover the identity of that anonymous magician.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Filament Theatre
Apr 21 - Jun 03
Friends of all ages are invited to a beachside party to experience the tale of "The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles" based on the award winning book by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Coming Soon

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Apr 27 - May 06
This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

The Musicians of Bremen - in Russian

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
May 05 - May 06

Mary Poppins Jr.!

Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts
May 05 - May 05
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep.

The Ugly Duckling

Beverly Arts Center
May 09 - Aug 10
Meet Sophia, the newest student at Lucky Ducky School who isn't quite the same the other little ducklings. Will Sophia's classmates learn to be upstanders instead of a bystanders?

The Princess Without Pots

Laugh Out Loud Theater
Jun 09 - Jun 30
To win this princess’s heart, a prince first needed to win a battle against the fiercest warrior the age had ever seen - Princess Sweet Pea. "The Princess Without Pots" shows us a world in which fighting like a girl is something everyone aspires to do.

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jun 27 - Aug 19
Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland—but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodiles!

Beauty and the Beast

The Patio Theater
Jul 11 - Jul 21
Meet Bella, an adventurous young woman who ventures from her little village to save her Papa. She must be brave as she enters the Beast’s castle in the forest. There, Bella will encounter enchanted characters and the mysterious Beast himself.

Pinkalicious

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.

Cinderella

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.