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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Tipperary
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Augusta
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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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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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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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