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.

Holiday Performances: Make sure to check out our special page of Holiday Performances to find seasonal holiday productions!

Featured Productions

Emerald City Theatre Presents Corduroy
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
November 9 through January 5
In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. After the lights are dimmed and the doors locked, the department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy. It’s up to Corduroy to outsmart the Night Watchman as he waits for his new pal Lisa to return with her mother. Full Listing >

Now Playing


Citadel Theatre
Nov 20 - Dec 22
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Beauty and the Beast

AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Oct 10 - Nov 26
This beloved fairy tale tells the story of a courageous girl named Bella as she sets off to save her father from the Beast's castle. With the help of some enchanted characters, Bella and the Beast learn that true beauty comes from within.

Beauty and the Beast

The Paramount Theatre
Nov 13 - Jan 19
What is beauty? Join Paramount and step inside this classic storybook tale and discover that beauty isn’t always what it appears.

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.

Emerald City Theatre Presents Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Nov 09 - Jan 05
In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime.

La Ofrenda

Adventure Stage Chicago
Oct 23 - Nov 22
After the tragic loss of his parents on 9/11, fourth grader Alex – Alejandro to his Abuela – is forced to leave behind the home he loves and move across the country to live with his grandmother.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Lifeline Theater
Oct 19 - Nov 24
While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar.

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Oct 04 - Dec 29
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Mary Poppins

Drury Lane Theatre
Nov 15 - Jan 19
Mary Poppins flies to the stage to delivery whimsey, excitement, and memorable songs to a story that will melt your heart.

Storytown Improv

Stage 773
Sep 28 - May 31
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! We use your suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story, and our actors, artists, and musicians bring it to life!

Teatro ZinZanni

The Spiegeltent ZaZou
Nov 13 - Dec 30
Teatro ZinZanni is critically acclaimed combining the best of cirque, cabaret, spectacle, live music, comedy and fine dining. Described as the “Kit Kat Klub on acid,” Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of extraordinary entertainers for its highly-anticipated premiere engagement.

Coming Soon

Grace and The Hanukkah Miracle

Grace Lutheran Church
Dec 01 - Jan 05
A glimpse into a family's traditions, celebrations and struggles over generations, Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle is an interfaith immersive experience designed for families of all beliefs, for those who like to solve puzzles and riddles, celebrate with friends, time travel and just be a part of an exciting story.

Bunny’s Book Club

Lifeline Theater
Jan 11 - Feb 16
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn’t sure if animals are allowed in the library.

Brooklyn Bridge

DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Jan 16 - Feb 22
Follow Sasha as she ventures outside the boundaries her immigrant mother has set for her and into the maze of her Brooklyn apartment building.

Wake Up, Brother Bear!

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Jan 25 - Feb 16
Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences
Jan 25 - Feb 13
In this musical adaptation of the Mo Willems book by the same name, a trip to the laundromat takes a turn when a favorite stuffed bunny “somebunny” is left behind.


The Jarvis Square Theater
Feb 06 - Mar 08
This is a game show in which the contestant advances or is sent back through the seven ages of man. The play creates a picture of man from birth until death, with all its madness, with all its familiarity and with all its nonsense.

Ivy + Bean

Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Feb 16 - Mar 15
Our two heroines couldn’t be more different. Join these two adventurous girls as they form an unlikely friendship and help each other become intrepid explorers.

Red Kite, Brown Box

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Feb 29 - Mar 21
Red Kite, Brown Box is a nationally unique, live theater experience that leads children with autism and their caregivers on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play.


Lifeline Theater
Mar 14 - Apr 19
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn’t this or that. Is it both, or is it neither?

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Apr 04 - Apr 26
Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall is an original musical about Jane Goodall, renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist.

The Name Jar

Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
May 01 - Jun 02

Disney’s Frozen

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct 21 - Jan 03