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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grease

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Jan 15 - Mar 15
It's the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock 'n roll. Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High's class of '59.

James and the Giant Peach

Prairie Lakes Theater
Jan 04 - Jan 26
The fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

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.

Potted Potter

Broadway Playhouse
Dec 23 - Jan 19
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre.

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!

Coming Soon

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.

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.

Shrek the Musical!

Chicago High School for the Arts
Feb 01 - Feb 01
Music House School of Performing Arts Theater Company presents: Shrek the Musical! Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.

Shrek the Musical!

Chicago High School for the Arts
Feb 02 - Feb 02
Music House School of Performing Arts Theater Company presents: Shrek the Musical! Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.

Adaptation

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.

Make/Believe: A Festival for Young Audiences

Laugh Out Loud Theater
Feb 22 - Feb 23
Ghostlight Ensemble continues its Nightlight young audiences series with a curated festival of short plays by playwrights from around the country.

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.

Neither

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