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 - 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

Adventure Stage Chicago's Akeelah and the Bee

Vittum Theater
Oct 27 - Nov 25
After discovering her special talent, Akeelah dreams of winning the national spelling bee. With the support of her teacher and her friends, she fights to overcome every obstacle and make it to the top.

Alice in Wonderland

Various venues
Oct 24 - Nov 22
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into a whirlwind adventure! It's a wild and wacky musical romp through Wonderland that the whole family will enjoy!

Arnie the Doughnut

Lifeline Theater
Oct 21 - Nov 26
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he’s chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives.

Billy Elliot the Musical

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Oct 06 - Dec 31
Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.

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

Into The Woods

Devonshire Cultural Center/Playhouse
Nov 04 - Nov 19
The Devonshire Playhouse proudly presents "Into the Woods," an adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical featuring the story of a childless baker and his wife, and their quest to begin a family.

Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Broadway Playhouse
Nov 10 - Dec 31
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with this comic take on the classic poem.

Mother Goose's Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre
Apr 22 - Dec 31
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre!


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.


Stahl Family Theater
Nov 01 - Dec 15
Join in the fun as CKC tells the classic story of Rapunzel. After stealing a precious plant, the King and Queen are forced to let the wacky gardener Nexus raise their daughter, Rapunzel.

School of Rock

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nov 01 - Nov 19
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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.

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?

Coming Soon

The Christmas Toyshop

Various venues
Nov 30 - Dec 21
There's been a terrible accident in the magical Toyshop, and the formerly sweet Toymaker has set out to ruin Christmas! Now it's up to the life-sized toys to rescue Santa and save the season.

Pete the Cat

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Dec 01 - Dec 01
Pete is a groovy blue cat whose life is an adventure. He moves in with Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader, who draws a blank in art class and doesn’t know what to do.

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

Millhurst Charhouse
Dec 15 - Dec 25
The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Chicago and surrounding areas throughout Illinois

Peter Pan

Cahn Auditorium
Dec 23 - Jan 01
Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them (or you) will ever forget. The beloved family classic includes the songs I Gotta Crow, I Won’t Grow Up, I’m Flying and Neverland.

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.

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.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
Jan 20 - Jan 21
Performed in Russian. We combined two stunning stories into one bright, musical, wonderful performance.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.