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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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Stop at the bar - it is wonderful

The bar is open both before and after the performances but get there early. The bar is tiny and very popular. The bartender is the best.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The bar is open both before and after the performances but get there early. The bar is tiny and very popular. The bartender is the best.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The Othello production had a creative twist in the time shift, while honoring the traditional language. The acting was strong. The set design and special effect were amazing. I'll go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I live in England near Stratford upon Avon but I enjoyed the performance of Othello in Chicago more than any other Shakespeare play that I have seen. Simply amazing and bringing Shakespeare to a new generation, brilliant entertainment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

We attended Othello the Remix on Mother's Day - the final day of the performance and a sold out show. That's indicative of the quality of shows at Chicago Shakes (as it's intimately known by locals and supporters). They validate for parking, but if you give yourself enough time the EL or bus can get you close enough for a... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

I bought tickets weeks in advance for Othello: The Remix. Living in Louisville, we have the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country, so I had very high expectations. They weren't just met, they were exceeded. The upstairs theatre was gorgeous, the staff was friendly and helpful, the lobby was amazing, we got to meet the cast and congratulate them,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Completely enjoyable evening, seen Othello the performance was awesome, a must visit if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

A small, intimate theater perfect for enjoying an outstanding, high-energy performance. The theater had an usual mix of theater goers from grandparents with their grandchildren and all ages in between. A fun evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Recently attended Othello, which was a wonderful performance. Have attended other shows there in the past. It is a great theater, although seating can be challenging. (Sit downstairs if you are claustrophobic) Standing ovation! Always a good job.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

Since it is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare we attended the production of Othello, even though it was/is modernized the cast and crew did an outstanding performance. CST have numerous plays during the year, I would highly recommend attending one, Have a nice dinner before or after and stroll along Navy Pier well worth the time and money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a must! It's awesome! If you love architecture then you gotta come and take a look, if you love history then you will found something that i like to call history meet modern times cause the theatre has lots of Elizabethan period elements and are totally mixed with the modern age, it's a perfect match now OTHELO WOW!... More 

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Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville
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.