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

Emerald City Theatre's Corduroy
Athenaeum Theatre
March 1 - April 20
A small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. A sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s beloved book. For ages 3+.
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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.

CKC Presents Jack & The Beanstalk

Beverly Arts Center
Feb 21 - May 10
Join Jack and his dancing Spanish Cow Carmelita, as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant!


Emerald City Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre
Mar 01 - Apr 20
A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Musical

Woodstock Opera House
Mar 01 - Mar 23
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways.

The Greatest Story Never Told

Under the Gun Theater
Jan 13 - Apr 07
A narrator walks on stage and finds a storybook with no text inside and the actors are nowhere to be found! WHAT DO WE DO?! Have children from the audience volunteer to become a character in.

James and the Giant Peach

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Jan 16 - Apr 12
When James is sent to chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which launches a journey of enormous proportions!

Little Shop of Horrors

Mercury Theater
Mar 01 - Apr 28
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world for more than 30 years, following the story of floral assistant Seymour Krelborn as he stumbles across a new breed of carnivorous plant that promises to grant him fame, fortune and all his desires – as long as the blood keeps flowing.


Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Feb 16 - Mar 31
Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat as he narrates the story of Horton the Elephant and his friends as they embark on a fanciful journey from the Jungle of Nool, through the mountains, and across the ocean, to help a young thinker named Jojo bring harmony back to the tiny planet of Who.

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.

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.

Coming Soon


James M. Nederlander Theatre
Mar 26 - Apr 07
This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.

The Jungle Book

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Apr 02 - Apr 12
Join a young boy named Mowgli as he learns the importance of friendship and survival with the help of his new friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther.

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.

AlphaBet Soup Productions presents The Jungle Book

Multiple Venues
Apr 17 - Aug 02
Join a young boy named Mowgli as he learns the importance of friendship, family and survival with the help of his new friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. Filled with songs, dance and audience participation, you'll have more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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.