Chicago Children's Theater and Plays

Chicago has some of the best kids' theater productions, and our Theater Guide lists all of the Chicago area children's plays that your family can enjoy. Find current children's productions below, and scroll down to see other family friendly 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

Beauty and the Beast

Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center
Jan 17 - Apr 27
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. Can Beauty see through the Beast’s gruff exterior and discover his true nature?

Chicago Kids Company presents Little Red Riding Hood

Apollo Theater
Jan 24 - Mar 08
Don’t stray from the path! That’s the advice given to Little Red from her Mother. Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Young People's Theatre at The Greenhouse Theatre Center
Feb 16 - Mar 24
Wendy Kesselman’s one-act adaptation draws on previously unpublished diary entries to create a more complex, authentic, and compelling realization of the Anne Frank story. Critically, she also centered the Jewishness of those in hiding.

Dog Man: The Musical

Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building
Jan 31 - Feb 25
Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious and heartwarming new production following the chronicles of Dog Man, who with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.

Girl from the North Country

CIBC Theatre
Feb 13 - Feb 25
It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota. We meet a group of wayward travelers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Girl from the North Country reimagines 20 legendary songs of?Bob Dylan.

James and the Giant Peach

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Jan 24 - Mar 29
The Roald Dahl classic comes to life in this action-packed musical adventure! When James is sent to chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which launches a journey of enormous proportions!

The Matchbox Magic Flute

Goodman Theatre
Feb 10 - Mar 24
This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and orchestra of five—following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Feb 16 - Mar 30
A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure! When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

Coming Soon

Mrs. Doubtfire

James M. Nederlander Theatre
Feb 27 - Mar 10
Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Chicago! Rob McClure will reprise his Tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside co-star (and real wife!) Maggie Lakis in this internationally acclaimed hit musical.

Skunk and Badger

Lifeline Theater
Mar 02 - Apr 07
Badger loves nothing more than studying his rock collection in peace and quiet. So, when his Aunt Lula sends a letter saying he must share her brownstone home with her friend Skunk, he tries everything under the sun to get Skunk out!

Chicken Little

Apollo Theater
Mar 13 - May 24
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Will anyone believe Chicken Little’s warning? Sing along with Chicken Little and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Goosey Loosey, and Foxy Loxy as they travel to tell the King the news.

Peter Pan

James M Nederlander Theatre
Mar 26 - Apr 07
The adventure begins when PETER PAN and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

A Year with Frog & Toad

Chicago Children's Theatre
Apr 13 - May 26
Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in the Tony-nominated musical A Year With Frog And Toad, based on his popular children’s book.

Alice in Wonderland

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Apr 27 - Jul 01
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into a whirlwind of fun! Someone has stolen the Queen of Hearts prized tarts, and Alice is the prime suspect.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Chicago Kid Company at Beverly Arts Center
May 01 - Jul 26
Come along with Jack and his best friend Carmelita (a Spanish-Speaking Cow), as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Along the way you’ll meet a beautiful singing Harp, a Golden Goose, and a wacky Bean Salesman. Watch the Giant Beanstalk grow on stage!

Sleeping Beauty

Apollo Theater
Jun 20 - Aug 02
This musical retells the story of the classic fairy tale. The King & Queen are hosting a party to announce the arrival of the new Princess. The entire Kingdom was invited, but one Fairy got left out. She shows up anyway, and presents her “gift” to the newborn baby.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Nov 15 - Jan 05
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrates the timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale. Follow the classic story of Cinderella and her quest to attend the Prince’s Ball with a twist of originality, charm and elegance. Transport a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true.