Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival

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Pegasus Theater’s
Runs Aug 20Aug 23, 2019

Set in the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War, ECLIPSED follows the “wives” of a rebel army’s commanding officer. The women band together to protect a newly …

Steep Theatre’s
Red Rex
Runs Aug 27Aug 30, 2019

A small theater company moves into an abandoned Chicago storefront. Led by their adventurously thirsty artistic director, they embark on an explosive new play with the hope of …

Theater on the Lake: Chicago’s Summer Theater Festival
Runs Jun 23Aug 30, 2019

The Chicago Park District is proud to present Theater on the Lake: Chicago’s Summer Theater Festival. This 10-week annual festival showcases a strong cross-section of Chicago’s rich off-Loop …

2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago IL 60614
Designed in 1913 and constructed in 1920, the Theater on the Lake building was originally built as a recuperation ward for babies suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases.  During World War II, the structure was then used as a USO Center. After the war, the Chicago Park District used the venue for then-popular barn dances.  In 1952, it was converted into the performance venue and showcased productions staged by the Park District’s many community theater organizations.  In 1996, the programming evolved into its current format, and the Chicago Park District began inviting professional theater companies to remount their best works.
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