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The Play’s the Thing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by Matt B on June 16th, 2008

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Navy Pier is a major tourist attraction in Chicago, offering a multitude of activities, including shopping, live music, virtual rides, restaurants, and cruises. You can even take in a bit of theatrical culture at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

This non-profit, professional theatre company was founded in 1986, when it performed on the roof of the Red Lion Pub. In 1999, it moved to its current two-venue facility at Navy Pier, which includes the 500-seat Jentes Family Auditorium (where the audience sits around three sides of the stage) and the 200-seat Carl & Marilynn Thoma Theater (a black box space).

I'm a big fan of the works of Shakespeare (especially the Tragedies). The CST does an excellent job performing several of the Bard's plays, along with international theatrical productions (via the World's Stage Series) and abridged versions for youth- and family-oriented programs. In a 50-week season, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater puts on over 600 performances and is consequently the city's largest employer of Chicago actors. Annually, the CST attracts 225,000 audience members. Make sure you're one of them!

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Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) yuan2003, soumit, Mark Chandler

Chicago Shakespeare Theater @ Navy Pier: 800 E Grand Ave; 312-595-5600 (box office), 312-595-5656 (administration)
Parking: CST has its own dedicated parking entrance in the Navy Pier Garage.
Public trans: Bus # 2, 29, 65, 66, 124
Free trolley service (between Navy Pier and State St along Grand Ave and Illinois St)

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