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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 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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Theatre at its best

Many productions of Shakespeare themed theatrical performances. Highest quality companies. Great location in Navy Pier with plenty to see and do including dining. A Beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
LordoftheManor2016
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Many productions of Shakespeare themed theatrical performances. Highest quality companies. Great location in Navy Pier with plenty to see and do including dining. A Beautiful theater in the round. Pick a show and go!

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79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We've subscribed since ChicagoShakes was at the Ruth Page theater. We have never been disappointed in a production, and have often been overwhelmed by the creative shows. The theater itself is beautiful and well suited to intimate productions stages here. Even those was spectacular scenery and production values are presented in a way to connect closely with every audience member.... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

For someone who has frequented Chicago Shakespeare for many years, I have truly appreciated every performance over the years. Most recently, I have witnessed a performance of The Tempest, which incorporated both the words of Shakespeare & music of Tom Waits. Go to see it when you are in Chicago. ( I guarantee that the experience will be well worth... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Although it is The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, this was far from traditional! We saw The Heir Apparent recently and found the writing and acting crisp, hilarious and fresh! Love the wrap-around style of staging, as you feel so close to the actors and production. I am sure there is not a bad seat in the house. The acting company was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

A wonderful theater in the round, with the feel and atmosphere of the original Globe. A great venue for a wonderful Shakespeare ensemble. Talented and entertaining, great experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 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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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.