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

Dooby Dooby Moo

Lifeline Theatre
Nov 12 - Dec 11
The County Fair is coming, and the grand prize in the talent competition is a trampoline! Duck wants that prize, but with Farmer Brown watching around every corner, how will he hold singing and dancing rehearsals for Cow, Pig and Ewe?

Forts! Build Your Own Adventure

Filament Theatre
Nov 19 - Jan 08
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, build adventures of your own devising.

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!


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.

The Wizard of Oz

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Nov 15 - Dec 31
Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as they journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City.

Coming Soon

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate
Dec 14 - Jan 15
Four young women, gathered together in an attic, inhabit the beloved Louisa May Alcott tale of the March sisters with all of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that arise from helping to blaze new horizons for women in the 19th century.

The Tortoise and the Hare

Irish American Heritage Center
Jan 19 - Mar 10
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons again at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair when an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! But who will win first place?

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Greenhouse Theater Center
Feb 06 - Feb 24
From the vivid imagination of Mo Willems comes an interactive romp with every child's favorite high-strung bird!

Les Miserables

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Feb 15 - Mar 05
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless statement to the survival of the human spirit.

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.

Imagine U: The Snowy Day and Other Stories By Ezra Jack Keats

Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
Feb 24 - Mar 12
The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, being inclusive in one’s friendships, and the awe in finding a special treasure. These pleasures all come to life in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats.


Cadillac Palace Theatre
Mar 07 - Mar 19
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner.

Disney’s Aladdin

Cadillac Palace Theatre
May 17 - May 28
Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.