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

The Addams Family: The Musical

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Sep 14 - Oct 08
A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, it features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare.


James M. Nederlander Theatre
Sep 13 - Jan 24
HAMILTON is the epic saga that follows the rise of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton as he fights for honor, love, and a legacy that would shape the course of a nation. Based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography and set to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery

Chicago Children's Theatre
Sep 23 - Oct 15
Kids will laugh as they engage their minds to solve this mystery, fueled with stories about Ben Franklin’s many scientific discoveries and electrifying inventions.

Coming Soon

Junie B. Jones Greenhouse Theater Center presents

Greenhouse Theater Center
Oct 07 - Nov 05
Based on Barbara Parks’ perennially popular early-reader book series and featuring an exhilarating score and hilarious book, Junie B. Jones follows the uproarious escapades of a plucky first-grader who discovers that what makes you happy and what makes you blue are all part of the same indelible story that is your life.

The Mole Hill Stories

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Oct 07 - Nov 04
In this bilingual adaptation of Lois Ehlert’s Mole’s Hill, Moon Rope & Cuckoo books, Topo discovers just how marvelous our lives can be when we appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us. With the help of her friends, Topo learns how to reach for the stars and her dreams.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Oct 11 - Jan 19
Based on the award-winning children's book by Mo Willems, audiences can now hop on board for an unforgettable ride! It's not easy being the Pigeon... you never get to do ANYTHING!

SUGAR SKULL! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure

Governors State University
Oct 13 - Oct 13
SUGAR SKULL! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure is a touring bilingual/bicultural musical for young audiences and families that uses traditional regional music and dance from Mexico to tell the story of twelve-year-old Vita Flores.

Chicago Kids Company presents Little Red Riding Hood

Apollo Theater
Oct 19 - 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.

IMAGINE U: Frida Libr

Josephine Louis Theater
Oct 20 - Nov 05
Inspired by the childhood of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida Libre is an uplifting story that explores the meaning of friendship, bravery, and transformation.

TheaterWorksUSA: Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Oct 20 - Oct 20
Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics.

Chicago Kids Company presents Pinocchio

Beverly Arts Center
Oct 25 - Nov 22
Can you help Pinocchio make the right choices and become a real boy? Come meet Geppetto the Toymaker, the Blue Fairy, and the rest of Pinocchio’s friends as he learns to be honest, unselfish, and brave.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Chicago Children's Theatre
Nov 04 - Dec 31
Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music. Storytellers weave Potter’s classic narration with gentle interactive moments, recruiting young watchers to join the adventure.


Auditorium Theatre
Nov 07 - Nov 19
It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.

The Snow Queen

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Nov 17 - Dec 31
Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace.

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!

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!

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.