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.

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.

Into the Woods

Writers Theatre
Aug 14 - Sep 22
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)!


Paramount Theatre
Sep 04 - Oct 20
High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper; while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show Pulitzer and his gang of cronies they’re not going to be pushed into the gutter.

Coming Soon


Filament Theatre
Sep 21 - Nov 03
Soledad is the child of migrant farm workers. She loves the universe. And she loves her family. Soledad goes where her family goes, where the crops will grow. With every move comes a new school and the struggle to make new friends.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
Sep 28 - Oct 27
Based on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the tales of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, Ten Little ­Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – this new show captures the ­magic of Carle’s world.

The Brothers Size

Steppenwolf Theatre
Oct 02 - Oct 19
In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.


DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
Oct 03 - Nov 09
When Vanessa discovers a?pink lucha libre mask, Nana Lupita tells her granddaughter about the?family’s history in the wrestling ring in 1960s Texas.

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.

Mexico Beyond Mariachi: Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Oct 04 - Oct 04
Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones until she finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos.

Barrel Of Monkeys' Presents THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick Or Treating

Neo-Futurist Theater
Oct 06 - Nov 03
Stories about ghosts, orphans, and silly horrors imagined by Chicago elementary school students will be sure to get audiences in the Halloween mood!

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.

Goldilocks & The 3 Bears at the Mainstage Theater

Pheasant Run Resort
Oct 10 - Oct 25
Presented by Chicago Kids Company. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical adaptation recommended for children ages 2 to 10.

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.

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.

Winnie the Pooh

Wirtz Center at Northwestern University
Nov 01 - Nov 17
Join Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of very little brain, and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood on a fun-filled musical journey about the importance of friendship.

Disney’s The Lion King JR.

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Nov 07 - Nov 09
By kids for kids! The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle ... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

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.


Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Nov 15 - 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.

Pete the Cat

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Nov 15 - Nov 15
When Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on Earth, draws a blank in art class, it turns out Pete the Cat is the perfect pal to help him out.

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.


Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Nov 15 - Jan 05
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.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Chicago Children's Theatre: The Station
Dec 07 - Dec 29
This annual tradition is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! You are cordially invited to dress-up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with Chicago Children’s Theatre and our friends Jeremy Fisher, Simpkin the Cat, and Peter Rabbit.

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 the Athenaeum Main Stage Theater
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 the Athenaeum Main Stage Theater
May 01 - Jun 02

Disney’s Frozen

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct 21 - Jan 03