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.


Featured Productions

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Through May 27
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! Now Playing – May 27, 2018 at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Tickets start at $19 and are available at EmeraldCityTheatre.com or by phone at 773.935.6100. Full Listing >


Seussical the Musical
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences
April 18 - June 9
Seussical is a fantastical, family-friendly, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Come find out if Horton is able to save the Whos or if maybe the Whos save him! Full Listing >


Now Playing

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

Lookingglass Theatre
May 23 - Aug 19
Professor Aronnax and crew set out to investigate a terrifying sea creature, but are quickly captured by the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the Nautilus submarine, they must confront the monsters that lurk below…and within.

Beauty and the Beast

Stahl Family Theater
Apr 18 - Jun 29
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.

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.

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Apr 19 - May 26
Sally and her brother are bored on a rainy day, when the Cat in the Hat appears with tricks and things and games to play. Their day is filled with mischief and imagination despite protests from their fish.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Mar 16 - May 27
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems!

Last Stop on Market Street

Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station
Apr 24 - Jun 03
Kids (and parents) love Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in teveryday city life.

Seussical the Musical

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences
Apr 18 - Jun 09
Seussical is a fantastical, family-friendly, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo.

The Ugly Duckling

Beverly Arts Center
May 09 - Aug 10
Meet Sophia, the newest student at Lucky Ducky School who isn't quite the same the other little ducklings. Will Sophia's classmates learn to be upstanders instead of a bystanders?

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Filament Theatre
Apr 21 - Jun 03
Friends of all ages are invited to a beachside party to experience the tale of "The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles" based on the award winning book by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Coming Soon

BrightSide Theatre presents HAIRSPRAY

Theatre at Meiley Swallow Hall
Jun 08 - Jun 24
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable, pleasantly-plump teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star.

The Princess Without Pots

Laugh Out Loud Theater
Jun 09 - Jun 30
To win this princess’s heart, a prince first needed to win a battle against the fiercest warrior the age had ever seen - Princess Sweet Pea. "The Princess Without Pots" shows us a world in which fighting like a girl is something everyone aspires to do.

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jun 27 - Aug 19
Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland—but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodiles!

Beauty and the Beast

The Patio Theater
Jul 11 - Jul 21
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.

Pinkalicious

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Jul 14 - Aug 12
Based on the immensely popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.

Cinderella

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Jul 16 - Jul 21
>Cinderella can’t wait to go. But her mean stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores that she’s sure to be left behind.

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop presents Alice in Wonderland

Athenaeum Theatre
Aug 17 - Aug 18
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.