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Black Ensemble Theater

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Outstanding music and actors.

This is a very small theater in Uptown Chicago and not to be missed if you love great music. On... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2019
Stellar performances, spiritually uplifting, a gem!

This theatre is so wonderfully unique. It is not only an intimate atmosphere, where you are close... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2019
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Black Ensemble Theater (BE) was Founded in 1976 by the phenomenal actress, producer, and playwright Jackie Taylor. A leader and innovator in the African-American and mainstream arts communities, Black Ensemble Theater is recognized as one of the...more
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4450 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-5404
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Reviewed April 12, 2019

This is a very small theater in Uptown Chicago and not to be missed if you love great music. On this occasion there was a tribute to Mahalia Jackson (Moving Thru The Light). The actors were great, the music (a full orchestra) outstanding. Coming up...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

This theatre is so wonderfully unique. It is not only an intimate atmosphere, where you are close to the stage and can observe the joy of the audience. The hospitality at this theatre is unlike any other. The musical performers are so talented. There is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

Chicago is a great theater town. It's the home of Steppenwolf, the home of improvisational comedy that opened the door to Saturday Night Live. But Chicago theater is much more than that. And, until recently, my wife and I weren't aware of Black Ensemble Theater....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

I am not exaggerating when I say that I’ve been visiting the Black Ensemble Theater since I was 10 years old and it’s been over 40 years. I can also say that the quality of the shows, the line up and the performances has only...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

I saw Women of Soul at BET and thoroughly enjoyed the show and the theater. I can't wait until their next production opens.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Rick Stone The Blues Man was filled with wonderful blues sounds and songs. Friendly performers met us before and after the performance. We would visit again!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

This is remarkable talent featured in a friendly, beautiful, and accessible venue. It's a place where the performers give their heart and soul to entertain you and then, after the performance, line up to shake your hand and thank you for coming. The Black Ensemble...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jay F
Reviewed March 8, 2018

I have had the pleasure of viewing several plays here and each one was fantastic. Every seat is great for viewing, however the first row of the balcony is pretty tight if you need leg room. They sell drinks and refreshments. The plays are generally...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 227lorid
Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Wow - What an amazing production of The Black Pearl, the story of Josephine Baker - Ms. Baker is an amazing story of one of the most talented and interesting celebrities of the Twentieth Century - This production company put on a show that is...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

I am so glad that I attended the show. It was absolutely wonderful. All of the performers were as good as Broadway stars. The theater itself was beautiful. I would consider this a must see when visiting Chicago.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Response from jilr_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do. You should be able to get a price quote from their web site.
November 12, 2018|
Response from BlackEnsemble | Property representative |
We have valet parking available in our garage 1 hour prior to showtime. Thank you for your interest!