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Address: 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1401
Phone Number: 773-753-4472

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Terrific theater space, loved the show

Wonderful theater space, free parking, amazing cast. I'm not a fan of physical comedy, but my companion loved the show. Very impressed that the cast could act, sing and play... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2016
Ruth M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful theater space, free parking, amazing cast. I'm not a fan of physical comedy, but my companion loved the show. Very impressed that the cast could act, sing and play musical instruments

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Glenview, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

consistently great productions. just saw Long Day's Journey Into Night which was superb. small theater with excellent sight lines. highly recomended

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Thank traveler139_12
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Court is located in the Hyde Park area, a neighborhood worthy of exploring for a number of reasons (museums, book shops, restaurants, Obama history). Court ,when in session, offers terrific productions of classic theater, not always meaning traditionally accepted definitions of "classic". A car is handy to get there.

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Thank alan p
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

The Court Theatre is located in Chicago's Hyde Park community (University of Chicago). I've seen numerous productions at the Theatre. The Midwest Premiere of Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout was outstanding. Featuring Barry Shabaka Henley (Ali, Devil in a Blue Dress, Collateral, among other credits) as Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was remarkable. Henley delivers an exceptional performance weaving the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

As I am a fan of August Wilson, I was excited to see Gem of the Ocean at Court Theatre. It was excellent! This was my 2nd visit to Court for a Wilson play (Jitney 2012). Have also seen Wilson's plays in Washington DC (Radio Golf 2009), NYC (Fences 2010) & Tucson (Jitney 2006 & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 2010).... More 

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minnetonka. minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stayed downtown (The Thompson) and made the trip to the Court Theater on the Univ. of Chicago campus for a Sunday matinee. Very glad we did. It's a small, intimate theater, no bad seats, and the production - "The Good Book" - was great. They offer a unique service: Give them your name at the box-office and they'll have... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

There are few theaters as intimate and powerful as the Court Theater on the University of Chicago campus. There are no bad seats. The low slop design of the audience seating provides everyone with a clear view and good sound from the stage. I saw Iphigenia in Aulis, on of three plays by Euripides that the Court will offer as... More 

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Thank KimRChicago
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have seen a couple of musicals here including folk opera Porgy and Bess. In each case I thought the performances were excellent. Located on U of Chicago campus it may be off the beaten path for those staying in the Loop who are close to the main theater district, but I think the trip there was definitely worth it.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

The Court Theater was a highlight of living in the Hyde Park neighborhood while in graduate school thirty years ago. I have gone back through the years and went again last night to see M. Butterfly. The cast was superb and the intimacy of the theater always a delight. The University of Chicago gives an academic vibe and the audience... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I have been meaning to visit the Court Theater in Hyde Park for years, and regret that I didn't go sooner. The productions are always highly rated, and the venue is a nice size. This show was "Seven Guitars" by August Wilson. The acting and direction were top-notch. There's not a bad seat in the house. HOTTIX were available, so... More 

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.