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

Mother Goose's Garden
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
April 22 - December 31
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre Full Listing >

Now Playing

Augusta and Noble

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Oct 05 - Nov 11
Meet young Gabi Castillo from West Town Chicago. Gabi ventures across town to attend Northside College Prep where she encounters new cultures, classmates, and opportunities.

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.


Jan 01 - Dec 31

Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!

Northbrook Leisure Center
Oct 07 - Nov 11
In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship.

Les Miserables

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct 11 - Oct 29
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Mother Goose's Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre
Apr 22 - Dec 31
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre!

Storytown Improv

Stage 773
Jan 01 - Dec 31
The audience becomes an integral part of the show, as each and every story is created based on the suggestions of the children. Every show begins with the audience choosing a location for the story to take place. Children are then invited onstage to decorate the backdrop and start to bring the story to life.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Chicago Children's Theatre
Sep 23 - Oct 29
Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons, telling the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Coming Soon

Alice in Wonderland

Various venues
Oct 24 - Nov 22
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into a whirlwind adventure! It's a wild and wacky musical romp through Wonderland that the whole family will enjoy!


Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Oct 25 - Dec 31
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

The Tortoise and the Hare

Beverly Arts Center
Oct 26 - Feb 19
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise?

School of Rock

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nov 01 - Nov 19
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

Into The Woods

Devonshire Cultural Center/Playhouse
Nov 04 - Nov 19
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

Getting to Know… Once Upon a Mattress

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Nov 09 - Nov 11
A clever spin on The Princess and the Pea fairytale, this musical is brimming with memorable songs and loads of humor. Presented by students of Metropolis School of the Performing Arts (SOPA) .

Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Broadway Playhouse
Nov 10 - Dec 31
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with this comic take on the classic poem.

The Christmas Toyshop

Various venues
Nov 30 - Dec 21
There's been a terrible accident in the magical Toyshop, and the formerly sweet Toymaker has set out to ruin Christmas! Now it's up to the life-sized toys to rescue Santa and save the season.

Pete the Cat

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Dec 01 - Dec 01
Pete is a groovy blue cat whose life is an adventure. He moves in with Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader, who draws a blank in art class and doesn’t know what to do.

My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Chicago Children's Theatre
Jan 16 - Feb 18
In a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children, Oobladee, Ooblahdah, and Shebobshebe explore their friendship at a magical birthday party! In a Land Beyond the Rainbow, when hurtful words about skin color slip out, best friends discover how to appreciate outer beauty while learning to seek the remarkable gifts inside each of us.


Jan 20 - Feb 24
Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down.

Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare

Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Jan 27 - Feb 25
In this Midwest premiere, the daring sibling duo learns to overcome stage fright to save the famed bard’s show. Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, discover how history is shaped by those who learn to overcome their fears.

An Epic Tale of Scale

Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station
Mar 10 - Apr 08
Its an encounter that defies description. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere, interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station.

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.