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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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Description: Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater...
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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5 Stars for Sense and Sensibility

We bought tickets to this new musical largely because the theatre was close to where we staying, the price was right and we were simply curious. We weren't anticipating a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We bought tickets to this new musical largely because the theatre was close to where we staying, the price was right and we were simply curious. We weren't anticipating a brilliant performance in such a lovely venue. The musical itself is solid, with songs that drive the plot forward. But to work, it demands skilled performers whose voices bring the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

It doesn't get any better than this...the world premiere musical, "Sense and Sensibility" in the world class Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. This performance would make Jane Austin smile! The professional acting, the original music, the perfectly harmonized voices, the period costumes, the simple yet elegant sets melded together to present this classic with light humor and grace. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

I attended a performance of Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Chicago Shakespeare Theater which is located in a very comfortable and intimate venue on historic Navy Pier. The performance, although set in the Regency Period of England was vivid, vibrant, real, and relevant examination of love and attraction and family. I strongly recommend this particular play and the venue.

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Tipperary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Was very impressed by state of the art theatre building. Too bad they don't live up to world class theatre.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Of course it depends on the play, but the theater its self is really quite nice, and there are lots of little shops all in the same building so you can have stuff to do while you are waiting for show time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

What a fabulous idea, especially for families and introducing children/teens to Shakespeare. We saw Short MacBeth (only 75 min) and it was outstanding. The cast answered questions afterwards and then were in the lobby for more conversations and photos. It was nice to have 2 times to choose from (11a and 2p) and to be able to attend on a... More 

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Rajkot, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

What a breathtaking view at night. The skyline, beyond the lake just makes it the brightest horizon ever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I've seen several shows at the Navy Pier but the recent production of Pericles was particularly outstanding. Sets, performance and lighting were all great. I'm really looking forward to our new year.

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Oak Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Shakespeare Theater is set on the heart of Navy Pier. The skyline is gorgeous. The theater itself is cozy and inviting. The U shape of the theater makes it seem like the action is right there. I have been here many times and never had a bad seat. The acting is always amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

How is every show here not sold out? The theatre is wonderful with a great ambiance and character that definitely fits the Shakespeare theme. We saw Pericles and the show was top notch. The actors were very skilled, and the costumes, sets, and stage was very well done. The quality of the performance and production rivalled some of the best... More 

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Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville
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.