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.

Now Playing

Carmela Full of Wishes

Chicago Children's Theatre
Apr 23 - May 22
Full of touching and funny fantasies, the book, and now the play, portrays Carmela’s migrant community as a vibrant place of possibility. Join families from all over the city for this moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation

Mercury Theatre
Mar 15 - Jun 12
In a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood, this fresh stage adaptation is told with impressive life-size puppetry, telling exciting new stories featuring characters that have played iconic roles in the lives of children for generations.

Lookingglass Alice

Lookingglass Theatre Company
Apr 30 - Jul 31
Lookingglass Alice returns for a fantastical trip down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and deep into your heart.

SIX the Musical

CIBC Theatre
Mar 29 - Jul 03
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power!

The Sound of Music

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Apr 13 - Jun 05
Join the family Von Trapp in the true-life telling of one of history’s most thrilling and inspirational stories. Featuring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Tall Enough

Merle Reskin Theatre
Apr 23 - May 21
Every spring, the J.E. Wilkins Science Pack at Hawkins Middle School celebrates the year with a trip to Wild Winds Amusement Park on their annual Physics Day. One problem - their normally fearless leader, Asia, is secretly terrified of roller coasters! For her team to win this year's Wild Ride Physics Challenge, she must ride at least one.

The Wizard of Oz

AlphaBet Soup Productions at various locations
Feb 01 - May 31
Follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion down the yellow brick road through the wonderful Land of Oz! Along the way, these four unlikely friends learn they must face their fears and work together to help Dorothy find her way home.

Coming Soon

The Joffrey Ballet presents Don Quixote

Lyric Opera House
Jun 02 - Jun 12

Music Theater Works' Under The Tea

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 05 - Jun 26
Music Theater Works shall transform our theater into a magical kingdom worthy of King Triton and his subjects. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a classic and beautiful love story for the entire family.


James M. Nederlander Theatre
Sep 28 - Dec 04
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz... but from a different angle. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED - the untold true story of the Witches of Oz - transfixes audiences.

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

Chicago Children's Theatre
Sep 30 - Dec 27
Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? They will need to make a big decision: will they be friends or will they be controlled by their fears?

The Lion King

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nov 17 - Jan 14
The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to Chicago!

Shrek the Musical

Drury Lane Theatre
Feb 16 - Mar 18
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue.