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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
312 595 5600
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Ranked #5 of 361 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Performances
Owner description: Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and... more » 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. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit, loads to do for the youngsters, and great views back across the city. Relatively easy to walk to or better still public transport or cab. Some of the lake tours set off from here too so you may want to visit to book one anyway. Not my top destination, but then I am older and prefer... More

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Ventura, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We saw Gypsy here. The performance was excellent and our seats were good, too. Easy to get a taxi back to our hotel, too.

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Oakland, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We flew in to see Gypsy and loved the intimacy of the theatre. The show was wonderful! The cast really reached out to us and the production was amazing.

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Chicago Heights, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

One of my favorite places to see a show in the city. Every production I have ever seen has been great - the sets, the costumes, the actors - every detail is perfect. They also provide a lot of "audience enrichment" where you can go to discussions before / after the play to talk about the themes more in depth.

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memphis area
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our first visit to this theatre--beautiful with lots of wood and glass. Not a bad seat in the house. The talent on stage was tremendous. If you're a student, ask about their reduced rates. Don't wait until you come to the box office, though. I think it has to be done in advance.

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south florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The set up is wonderful and it's just a great place to enjoy any venue. There isn't a bad seat in the house and it's housed at the Navy Pier which makes it that much more exciting!

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Jacksonville, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I saw Gypsy here on March 18. It was an excellent show. I am a huge fan of Shakespearean-style theaters, since it seems as though there isn't a bad seat in the theater due to the setup of the stage, which extends into the audience. Marilyn, the Director of Education at the theater, was extremely friendly. A great experience overall!

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luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Very attractive Globe Theatre style of interior, with very good sight lines everywhere. Thrust stage adapts well to the musical - in this case GYPSY - entrances & exits through the audience. Acoustic clever & not at all dry - the 14 piece band placed on a ramp high upstage gave out the authentic Broadway sound in all the necessary... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Always a fresh take on Shakespeare's classics with a contemporary twist. Naughty fun with "Taming of the Shrew" with 50's costumes and motorcycles. You are very close to the actors with most seats in the first 3 rows. A mix of young new talent with the best of Chicago's established theater talent. Great shows for young viewers in the summer.

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Chicago, IL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have seen numerous plays here and each one was fantastic. Their sets are gorgeous and the actors here really put on a great show. Their summer in the parks series is unbelievable. I've seen Peter Pan, Othello, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo+Juliet, Taming of the Shew, and Comedy of Errors. I seriously laughed my head off and cried. This is... More

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