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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

Address: 800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
Phone Number: 312 595 5600
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Ranked #29 of 391 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Performances, Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum...
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Type: Performances, Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Augusta
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Absolutely awesome play!!!!!! We laughed so hard and we were thoroughly entertained the entire time! We took three teenagers and they couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. The talent of these performers was unreal!! Nice job!!!!!

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We just saw Pericles. The production was so enjoyable and I found myself asking again why I don't do this more often. Here is why: Navy Pier is a great attraction in Chicago but it can get VERY crowded, and the traffic to get there can get VERY congested But Shakespeare wins out for a number of reasons: - They... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I've seen countless plays at the Shakespeare theater and have marveled at each and every one of them. They stick to the original scripts, but the emotion put into the performances and the props/scenery really make the stories come alive. It doesn't matter which play they are doing, you won't regret seeing one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Great, modern Shakespeare Theater, good performers, but a God-awful location on Navy Pier, far away from everything. I fail to understand why Chicago can't get its act together like New York or even Minneapolis and have a central theater district. Some of the best shows in Chicago require 4-5 mile train commutes. Unless you are only interested in big musicals,... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I have seen several productions at this venue and have never been disappointed! The staging and direction are very professionally done. All the productions I have seen have a fresh approach to revivals of major theater events.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A loud but high energy, witty rap/hip hop version of the Dicken's classic. This had our extended family laughing - every generation from 19 years old to 85 years old. Pure fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The plays are often set in different eras and the stages are very creative. The actors are well seasoned. I have seen over 15 plays and have enjoyed them immensely. I especially enjoy the farces but have not been disappointed in any of the productions.

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