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Here’s How To Spend An Afternoon At The Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Published On: January 11, 2023Categories: Going out, TheatresTags:

Who doesn’t love a trip to the theater? There’s nothing quite like the magic you experience when you take your seat and the curtain opens – and when visiting Chicago, there’s only one place to go, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Serving as downtown Chicago’s cultural anchor by the lakefront, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is widely known for offering renditions of some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – not to mention it being recognized by leading playwrights and directors in the US and beyond.

If you’re looking to experience a slice of Chicago’s culture, then there’s no better place to go than this amazing theater. Here’s everything you need to know when planning your visit this fall…

Where is the Chicago Shakespeare Theater?

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is located on the city’s famous Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. The Theater itself is housed in an old navy dock house, right by Lake Michigan.

How to spend an afternoon at Navy Pier

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s proximity to Navy Pier makes it the perfect location to spend an afternoon in one of the most popular areas in the city.

Take a walk along Navy Pier and soak up the atmosphere, before heading to watch one of Shakespeare’s famous plays in the theater. Afterwards, it’s time to make the most of Chicago’s cuisine scene – Navy Pier has a variety of restaurants and bars on offer to visitors. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or a night on the town, there’s no wrong way to experience Navy Pier.

What’s on?

In case you hadn’t guessed by its name, the theater is best known for performing Shakespeare’s extensive backlog of plays. If you plan on paying the theater a visit, you can bet there’ll always be a performance of the Bard on.

Besides Shakespeare’s plays, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater also hosts a variety of shows, musicals and world premiers throughout the year. To see what’s currently showing, visit their website here.

How much are tickets at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater?

Most ticket prices start at $49, but you can expect to pay anywhere between that and $100 for some of the best seats in the house. The theater also offers discounted tickets to students, young professionals, and theater lovers under age 35 for $20, which are allocated over a season.

How far is it from Freehand Chicago?

If you’re planning on watching a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater during your stay at Freehand Hotel Chicago, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s just a short walk from our hotel. There are a few options you have to reach the theater and pier:

  • Walk (approx 21 mins): Head east on E Ohio St and turn right onto N Wabash Ave. Then turn left onto E Grand Ave and keep walking east until you reach Navy Pier.
  • Taxi (approx 5 minutes)
  • Bus (11 minutes including walking): Catch the number 29 bus from ​​Illinois & State to Navy Pier Terminal