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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

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Address: 800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312 595 5600
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Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare...

Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world.

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No Magic Compares to the Tempest (or any play) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

First, the theater is on Navy Pier--a magical place with the local public radio station on site, a thousand booths that rival any carnival, Tiffany windows, GREAT restaurants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, the theater is on Navy Pier--a magical place with the local public radio station on site, a thousand booths that rival any carnival, Tiffany windows, GREAT restaurants (Riva's has some of the best views and best seafood on the lakefront) and THEN you go to the play. Seriously, it's hard to focus on the play because the audience is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first experience in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, and I can't wait to go back. Braving the downtown traffic, we drove to Navy Pier to see the recent production of The Tempest directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller). The theater is warm and welcoming, and scaled so as to not feel... More 

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Dartmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

While visiting Chicago I was fortunate enough to get tickets to this wonderful musical in its American premier at the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Theater Upstairs. It's a small, intimate and cozy theatre and you feel like you are part of the action. Without giving away the plot...choir members each get a monologue in which they sum up their short,... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We really enjoyed this show!!! I thought it would be more drama, but there were so many parts that had me busting out laughing! The singers were so talented. And the magic! My family is still talking about how on earth they did those magic tricks! We weren't expecting that at all. Such a great experience! Plus if you're under... More 

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Youngsville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

"Ride the Cyclone" was amazing, and I loved this small theatre. There are no bad seats! I sat in front row and was just inches from the stage.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Had tickets to see Tempest. Excellent show. Received an email a few days before we were attending show to give us parking options. Email told us where to park, that we have guaranteed parking because of the show. Park at last parking entrance at Navy Pier...there are signs that say "Chicago Shakespeare Theatre". Attendants will direct you to correct parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Didn't quite know what to expect but it was fabulous! Adding in the magic was a great touch. Never will figure out how they do the levitation though. You have through November 8th for this show!

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Darien, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I'm not a big Shakespear fan, but this production of The Tempest was fantastic. The theater is small enough so that there are no bad seats. The actors were superb, especially Nate Dendy (Ariel) and Manilec Minniefee and Zach Eisenstat (Caliban). Their interaction with the audience made for a terrific experience. I had read a synopsis of the story before... More 

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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

My friend and I went and saw the Tempest. It felt very much like going back in time. The stage jetted out into the audience and the performers interactive with the audience much. Even though it is very old English, it was very interesting and even entertaining. I would definitely advise looking over the story before going as it helps... More 

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We see a lot of theater in New York, and while we knew that Chicago has its own terrific theater companies (Goodman and Steppenwolf), we didn't know what to expect at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Located on Navy Pier and built similar to Shakespeare's Globe, the CST's current production of Shakespeare's The Tempest was a marvel. Wonderfully acted and brilliantly... More 

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Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.