Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake

Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival.  Celebrating 64 years of Chicago’s rich off-Loop theater community.

In November 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Michael P. Kelly announced that the Chicago Park District is converting the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility. 

While preparations are being made to renovate the building, Theater on the Lake’s 64th season will once again take the shows on the road to various park locations across the city this summer.

To view shows and locations and purchase tickets online, click on "2016 Season" below.


View the schedule and purchase or reserve tickets now


Meet the 2016 curator


1996 - Present

Contact Us

Theater on the Lake Box Office (June - August)
(312) 742-7994

Samantha Rio, Managing Director

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