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

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.

Heartbreak Hotel

Broadway Playhouse
Jun 30 - Sep 30
HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives.

Legally Blonde

The Paramount Theatre
Sep 08 - Oct 21
Legally Blonde is the ever popular story about rising to a challenge and defying stereotypes, all while looking fabulous.

Storytown Improv

Stage 773
Sep 22 - May 31
Storytown is a fully improvised show put on by our “Townies” for you and your family. Performed every Saturday at 10:30 am – you will be laughing right along with your kids.


Cadillac Palace Theatre
Sep 11 - Oct 14
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.

Coming Soon

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In a Play!"

Gorton Community Center
Sep 29 - Oct 07
ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!”, based on the best-selling, award-winning children’s’ books written by Mo Willems. The musical, recommended for audiences age 3 and up, will be performed by a cast of adult professional actors.

Imagine U: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Wirtz Center’s Upstairs Blackbox Theatre
Sep 29 - Sep 30
One evening, Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with a purple crayon, young Harold creates a landscape full of wonder and excitement. He and his trusty crayon travel through forests, across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Oriental Theatre
Oct 02 - Oct 21
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams.

ROCK OF AGES (Middle School Edition) presented by the Wilmette Children's Theatre

Wilmette Children's Theatre
Oct 05 - Oct 14
The Wilmette Children's Theatre proudly brings this 75 minute family friendly version of the Broadway hit to the stage. It is sure to be nothing but a good time!

That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes

Neo-Futurist Theater
Oct 07 - Nov 04
Just in time for Halloween, gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring creepy twins that appear in photos, talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students.


Pheasant Run Children's Theatre
Oct 19 - Oct 28
Presented by Sigman Brothers. RUMPELSTILTSKIN is a fairytale popularly associated with Germany. The tale was one collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Adventure Stage Chicago
Oct 19 - Nov 24
A corrupt sheriff plagues the commoners of Nottingham. His skyrocketing taxes are preventing the needy from being able to feed themselves! Who will stand up to the injustices and bring hope back to the people?


Lifeline Theater
Oct 20 - Nov 25
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny’s mouth.

Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents Bunnicula

Lifeline Theatre
Oct 20 - Nov 25
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny’s mouth.

Midnight at the Masquerade

Oct 26 - Oct 26
The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Chicago and surrounding areas throughout Illinois.

Imagine U: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Wirtz Center’s Upstairs Blackbox Theatre
Nov 02 - Nov 18
Explore a day in the life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his colorful friends in the Peanuts gang including Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus and Snoopy.

Pete the Cat

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Nov 09 - Nov 09
When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family, and boy are they square!

We Found A Hat

Lifeline Theater
Jan 12 - Feb 17
Deep in the desert, two tortoises find each other and become the best of friends. Together, they tackle all the obstacles the landscape can throw their way… until one day they find a hat. They both look great in the hat. But they can’t both have the hat.

Charlotte’s Web

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Feb 01 - Feb 01
Newly restaged for the book’s 25th anniversary, Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.

Imagine U: When She Had Wings

Wirtz Center’s Upstairs Blackbox Theatre
Feb 24 - Mar 10
A fiercely determined young girl and aspiring pilot named B. has decided that she must realize her destiny to fly before turning 10. In a makeshift airplane built in her backyard treehouse, she recounts the thrilling and legendary victories of her hero, Amelia Earhart.

The Time Warp Trio

Lifeline Theater
Mar 16 - Apr 20
When Joe receives a magical book for his birthday, he and his pals are unexpectedly hurled across time and space. They first arrive in Camelot, a land menaced by an evil knight, a terrible giant, and a fire-breathing dragon.

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Apr 05 - Apr 05
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip.

Me... Jane - The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Apr 25 - Apr 25
Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them.