Youth Night at the Theatre Shows

Youth Night at the Theatre

The League of Chicago Theatres is proud to announce a new program in partnership with the Chicago Tribune, Youth Night at the Theatre!

As part of Youth Night at the Theatre, select shows and performances will offer a free ticket for a child (18 years and under) with the purchase of one adult ticket. Below is a list of participating shows for June!

Are you a Chicago theatre interested in offering tickets for Youth Night at the Theatre? Submit your show here!


Beehive: The 60s Musical

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60005

The ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment! Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” BEEHIVE: THE 60’S MUSICAL nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Last summer audiences adored Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, now the women take the spotlight!

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Saturday, June 21 at 8:00PM
Saturday, June 28 at 8:00PM
Sunday, June 29 at 8:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
Or call the Box office at 847-634-0200
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60005

Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Follow fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Saturday, June 1 at 4:00PM
Saturday, June 1 at 8:00PM
Sunday, June 2 at 8:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
Or call the Box office at 847-634-0200
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


A Year with Frog & Toad

Chicago Chilren’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in the Tony-nominated musical A Year With Frog And Toad, based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and grumpy, but lovable Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

This production is suitable for all ages – toddlers, children, and teens. However, you know your kids best! We trust your discretion while attending Chicago Children’s Theatre shows.

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Saturday, June 1 at 9:30AM
Sunday, June 2 at 9:30AM
Saturday, June 8 at 9:30AM
Sunday, June 9 at 9:30AM

Purchase Tickets Here
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


Chicago Style

The Revival
906 S Wabash Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60605

Get ready to experience “classic” improvisation that will leave you laughing long after the curtains close! Combining lightning-fast wit, razor-sharp skills, and boundless creativity, Chicago Style delivers a high-energy mix of uproarious scenes and quick-witted songs to leave you in stitches. Whether you’re a seasoned improv fan or a newcomer to the genre, Chicago Style is an unforgettable evening of spontaneous hilarity.

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Friday, May 31 at 7:00PM
Saturday, June 1 at 7:00PM
Friday, June 7 at 7:00PM
Saturday, June 8 at 7:00PM
Friday, June 14 at 7:00PM
Saturday, June 15 at 7:00PM
Friday, June 21 at 7:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


The Lightning Thief: a Percy Jackson Musical

MadKap Productions
7924 Lincoln Ave
Skokie, Illinois 60077

A musical adaptation of the popular young adult Percy Jackson book series by Rick Riordan. It is the story of Percy Jackson who finds out their the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. While at a summer camp for demigods, Percy, Grover and Annabeth are sent on a quest to recover the source and symbol of Zeus’s power, his master lightning bolt. It was allegedly stolen by another god. If they don’t find the bolt on time, the gods of Mount Olympus will go to war, wreaking havoc on the mortal world as they do.

This show is a fun, goofy, rock musical about friendship, self-discovery, and family. The thrilling book by Joe Tracz, and an upbeat musical score by Rob Rokicki was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards in 2017 including Outstanding Musical. Kids of all ages and backgrounds have identified with Percy and their diverse cast of friends making the series one of most popular young adult franchises in recent history.

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Friday, June 7 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm
Friday, June 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 am

Purchase Tickets Here
Or call the Box Office at 847-677-7761
Or by visiting the Box Office in-person
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


The Infinite Wrench

The Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640

At The Infinite Wrench, you’ll see thirty original plays in sixty minutes, written and performed by The Neo-Futurist Ensemble. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irreverent, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, THE INFINITE WRENCH is The Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.

Recommended for ages 13+. Masks are required.

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Saturday, June 1 at 10:30PM
Sunday, June 2 at 7:00PM
Friday, June 14 at 10:30PM
Saturday, June 15 at 10:30PM
Sunday, June 16 at 7:00PM
Friday, June 28 at 10:30PM
Saturday, June 29 at 10:30PM
Sunday, June 30 at 7:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


SIX

Broadway In Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois 60603

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

SIX won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for!” The SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT Broadway album debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard cast album charts and surpassed 6 Million streams in its first month.

Recommended for ages 10+. 

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Sunday, June 16 at 1:00 PM

Purchase Tickets Here
Or visit the Box Office in person.
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


Measure of a Man

Perceptions Theatre
1825 E 79th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60649

How does one measure the life of a man like Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI and Cook County Police in Chicago, Illinois in 1969? Measure of a Man is an examination of a pivotal moment in American history, offering both a tribute to Chairman Fred Hampton’s legacy as one of the youngest and most prominent leaders of The Black Panther Party. Set in the apartment where he and another panther man, Mark Clarke met their untimely demise. The play serves as an experimental exploration of Hampton’s youth, his magnetic charisma, and his tireless efforts to unite the working class across racial lines. The stage is a haunting tableau, with blood splatters on the walls, doors, and windows with bullet holes in them; yellow caution tape strewn about the room. Through a series of flashbacks, monologues, and immersive dialogue, the audience is taken on a journey through Hampton’s life, from his early activism to his rise as a powerful leader in the Black Power movement.

Written by India Nicole Burton
Directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke
Presented as part of Rhino Fest 2024 at Perceptions Theatre (1825 E. 79th St) in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. The venue is a first-floor space with no stairs to enter and exit.

Recommended for ages 14-18

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Saturday, June 8th at 7:00PM
Sunday, June 9th at 3:00PM
Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00PM
Saturday, June 15th at 7:00PM
Sunday, June 16th at 3:00PM
Monday, June 17th at 7:00PM
Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00PM
Monday, June 24th at 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH


4th Annual BIPOC Play Fest

Perceptions Theatre
1825 E 79th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60649

Perceptions Theatre’s BIPOC Play Festival was created in 2021 to offer local playwrights of color a platform to share their stories. Last year we were able to showcase six playwrights of color and their work virtually. Now, our 4th year of the festival will be in person then streamed virtually and offers five diverse, intriguing tales that explore: the women of the Black Panther Party; experiencing tourism; family dynamics when pregnancy comes into play; a new take on what happens with Eve & Eden from the new new testament and police brutality.

Works included:

The Nag by Louis Johnson
First Comes Love by Marie Yuen
The New New Testament (an excerpt) by alfonzo khalil
Panther Women: An Army for the Libration (an excerpt) by India Nicole Burton
Issa Was Here by Makeda M. Declet
About the plays:

Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation by India Nicole Burton follows one woman’s journey to self-discovery through the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement. This high-energy movement piece with poetry, monologues, dance, and song explores the dilemmas, obstacles, and joy of African American Women, chronicling the lifelong pursuit of justice by some of the founding women of the Civil Rights Movement. A choreopoem built upon extensive research and collaboration with a cohort of Black artists, Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation, touches on the core of the human condition and celebrates Black women.

The New New Testament by alfonzo kahlil — Somewhere between the old world and the new. there’s always some old. the new is just a shiny old built on another less chrome old. therefore, we declare a new testament, a newer testament, a new new testament, in order to make sure our new, not your new, stay new; and the old stay old. this is not a remix, this is not a retelling…” This is modern day where EVE & EDEN set out to live their new lives together outside of the Garden. However, they abruptly discover every garden has their snakes, every relationship their challenges, and every Testament their devils.

First Comes Love by Marie Yuen — A one-act play about two sisters exploring some of the issues that arise in a family caring for a child with special needs. Thanks to Angela Pullen for her valuable insights as a physical therapist who at the time of my writing worked for years at March of Dimes.

Issa Was Here by Makeda M. Declet — Two ambitious Black writers who come to realize that there is room for both of them in a world where Black writers are easily tokenized or dismissed.

The Nag by Louis Johnson — A wealthy American couple travels to Jamaica on holiday. But is it a vacation or a trip to Hell? Just ask Mr. VanderBurke!

Recommended for ages 14-18

Youth Night at the Theatre Participating Dates:
Friday, June 21st at 7:30PM
Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00PM
Friday, June 28th at 7:30PM
Saturday, June 29th at 2:00PM
Sunday, June 30th at 2:00PM

Purchase Tickets Here
USE PROMO CODE: LOCTYOUTH