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




The Greatest Story Never Told
Under the Gun Theater
Sundays January 13 - April 7
Children in the audience can volunteer to come on stage and make up a character to perform in The Greatest Story Never Told! Along with the help of "The Greatest Interns" (professional adult improvisers), children make up a 45-60 minute story based on audience suggestions. Learn More >

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.

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Studebaker Theater In Chicago's Fine Arts Building
Jan 17 - Jan 27
The 2019 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival will present more than 80 performances of 24 shows from 11 countries over 11 days at 19 different Chicago-area venues.

Cinderella

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Dec 01 - Jan 20
Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity, and elegance. The love duets are the very essence of romance, but there’s hilarity, too.

Go, Dog. Go!

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Jan 17 - Feb 23
Come and play with MC Dog and her friends in Go, Dog. Go!, adapted from the beloved children’s book.

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Dec 06 - Jan 27
High-flying fairies mix with outrageous comedy for a Dream come true! In the forest, misguided passions mix with magic spells as four young lovers and an unsuspecting troupe of aspirational players cross paths with the fairy king and queen, engaged in a war of wills.

Sleeping Beauty

Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center
Nov 02 - Feb 18
Will the Princess Sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a Kiss? Featuring professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation.

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 Three Little Pigs

Chicago Kids Company at Stahl Family Theater
Nov 01 - Feb 27
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe…three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks!

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.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Prairie Lakes Theater
Jan 19 - Jan 27
Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, this whimsical musical follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the worrywart Toad - through four fun-filled seasons.

Coming Soon

Kinky Boots

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Jan 22 - Jan 27
Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

X-Marks the Spot

Chicago Children's Theatre
Jan 26 - Feb 24
A low-light setting and/or the use of blindfolds gently encourages audience members not to rely on their sense of sight, but instead to tune-in to their other four senses to experience EST, “Extra Sensory Theatre.”

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.

Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre
Mar 01 - Apr 14
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.

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.