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

Beauty and the Beast

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Oct 10 - Nov 26
This beloved fairy tale tells the story of a courageous girl named Bella as she sets off to save her father from the Beast's castle. With the help of some enchanted characters, Bella and the Beast learn that true beauty comes from within.

Belmont Theater District Celebrates October "Month of Theater"

Belmont Theater District
Oct 01 - Oct 31

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.

Goldilocks & The 3 Bears at the Mainstage Theater

Pheasant Run Resort
Oct 10 - Oct 25
Presented by Chicago Kids Company. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical adaptation recommended for children ages 2 to 10.

La Ofrenda

Adventure Stage Chicago
Oct 23 - Nov 22
After the tragic loss of his parents on 9/11, fourth grader Alex – Alejandro to his Abuela – is forced to leave behind the home he loves and move across the country to live with his grandmother.


DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Oct 03 - Nov 09
When Vanessa discovers a pink lucha libre mask, Nana Lupita tells her granddaughter about the family’s history in the wrestling ring in 1960s Texas.


Filament Theatre
Sep 21 - Nov 03
Soledad is the child of migrant farm workers. She loves the universe. And she loves her family. Soledad goes where her family goes, where the crops will grow. With every move comes a new school and the struggle to make new friends.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Lifeline Theater
Oct 19 - Nov 24
While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar.

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Oct 04 - Dec 29
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Playmakers Laboratory Presents THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick Or Treating

Neo-Futurist Theater
Oct 06 - Nov 03
Stories about ghosts, orphans, and silly horrors imagined by Chicago elementary school students will be sure to get audiences in the Halloween mood!

Storytown Improv

Stage 773
Sep 28 - May 31
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! We use your suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story, and our actors, artists, and musicians bring it to life!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
Sep 28 - Oct 27
Based on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the tales of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, Ten Little ­Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – this new show captures the ­magic of Carle’s world.

Coming Soon

The Cat in the Hat Sensory Friendly Performance

Northbrook Theatre
Oct 27 - Oct 27

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Lookingglass Theatre
Nov 01 - Jan 26
True to his loyal and resolute nature, The Steadfast Tin Soldier returns! The Chicago Tribune calls Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman’s gorgeous spectacle of music and movement “a four-star treat for all ages.”

Winnie the Pooh

Wirtz Center at Northwestern University
Nov 01 - Nov 17
Join Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of very little brain, and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood on a fun-filled musical journey about the importance of friendship.

The Story of Ram

The Studebaker Theater
Nov 03 - Nov 03
Upon a backdrop of intricate and lively shadow puppetry (Wayang Kulit), this modern dance theatre reworks the ancient epic Ramayana: a classic tale that spans across cultures.

Disney’s The Lion King JR.

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Nov 07 - Nov 09
By kids for kids! The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle ... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Earth to Kenzie: An Opera for Kids!

Vittum Theater
Nov 09 - Nov 10

Beauty and the Beast

The Paramount Theatre
Nov 13 - Jan 19
What is beauty? Join Paramount and step inside this classic storybook tale and discover that beauty isn’t always what it appears.


Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Nov 15 - Jan 05
In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime.

Pete the Cat

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Nov 15 - Nov 15
When Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on Earth, draws a blank in art class, it turns out Pete the Cat is the perfect pal to help him out.

Mary Poppins

Drury Lane Theatre
Nov 15 - Jan 19
Mary Poppins flies to the stage to delivery whimsey, excitement, and memorable songs to a story that will melt your heart.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Dec 07 - Dec 29
This annual tradition is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! You are cordially invited to dress-up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with Chicago Children’s Theatre and our friends Jeremy Fisher, Simpkin the Cat, and Peter Rabbit.

Bunny’s Book Club

Lifeline Theater
Jan 11 - Feb 16
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn’t sure if animals are allowed in the library.

Brooklyn Bridge

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Jan 16 - Feb 22
Follow Sasha as she ventures outside the boundaries her immigrant mother has set for her and into the maze of her Brooklyn apartment building.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
Jan 25 - Feb 13
In this musical adaptation of the Mo Willems book by the same name, a trip to the laundromat takes a turn when a favorite stuffed bunny “somebunny” is left behind.

Wake Up, Brother Bear!

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Jan 25 - Feb 16
Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears.


The Jarvis Square Theater
Feb 06 - Mar 08
This is a game show in which the contestant advances or is sent back through the seven ages of man. The play creates a picture of man from birth until death, with all its madness, with all its familiarity and with all its nonsense.

Ivy + Bean

Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Feb 16 - Mar 15
Our two heroines couldn’t be more different. Join these two adventurous girls as they form an unlikely friendship and help each other become intrepid explorers.

Red Kite, Brown Box

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Feb 29 - Mar 21
Red Kite, Brown Box is a nationally unique, live theater experience that leads children with autism and their caregivers on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play.


Lifeline Theater
Mar 14 - Apr 19
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn’t this or that. Is it both, or is it neither?

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Apr 04 - Apr 26
Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall is an original musical about Jane Goodall, renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist.

The Name Jar

Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
May 01 - Jun 02

Disney’s Frozen

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct 21 - Jan 03