Chicago Theatre Week

From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago theatre tells stories that evoke big emotions. Stories that take risks, inspire awe, ask tough questions – and dare audiences to do the same. From musicals to plays to comedy, theatre is for everyone in Chicago. Chicago Theatre Week is a celebration of the stories we share.

Join us for a reimagined Chicago Theatre Week February 25 – March 7, 2021!

Visit the Main Theatre Week Website

This year, take time to discover a new theatre company, experience virtual shows from your home, and help to strengthen theatres by donating the money you would have spent on Theatre Week tickets.

Like so many events recently, Chicago Theatre Week 2021 will look differently than it has the past 8 years. The shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which began shortly after Theatre Week 2020, has been especially hard on the theatre community and has lasted longer than ever anticipated. Theatres were some of the first to close and will be the last to re-open.

Many of our theatres are continuing to keep the spirit of Chicago theatre alive through connecting virtually with audiences through online performances and programs as well as developing opportunities to safely bring the community together in-person again.

We cannot wait to welcome you back into our theatres! Until then, we invite you to learn about, engage with, and donate to Chicago theatres during CTW in 2021.

Subscribe to the Theatre Week email list or follow @ChicagoPlays for updates and announcements.

2021 Chicago Theatre Week Presenting Sponsors:


Remember, with awe-inspiring theatre happening year-round and half-price deals at Hot Tix, there’s no need to limit your theatre adventures to February! Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work. The spirit of Chicago theatre is found throughout our neighborhoods, from downtown venues to behind the storefronts, in a diverse collection of over 200 dynamic theatres. Theatre is where Chicago bares its fearless soul.

Questions? Please email If you are a theatre or performing arts organization looking to participate in Chicago Theatre Week, fill out the Theatre Participation Form or contact Hayley Ross, Advertising and Marketing Manager, at

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