Edgewater Theatre District

Edgewater is a Theatre District!

Chicago is known nation-wide for its iconic storefront theatre scene – it’s the kind of theatre where you’ll experience knock-your-socks off acting and innovative, jaw-dropping productions from intimate 50-100 seat theatres. With over fifteen theatre companies based in Edgewater, the neighborhood is a hotbed for the kind of theatre that’s put Chicago on the map.

There is no reason not to explore the theatres that are helping to make Edgewater the vibrant, exciting community that it is. The theatres are within walking distance of virtually every home in Edgewater, and ticket prices are extremely reasonable. Whether it’s a play for young audiences, a great date night, or the perfect way to entertain out-of-town guests, Edgewater’s theatre community has something for every occasion!

Join us and our neighborhood partner organizations, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown and the Edgewater Theatre District for a Night of Cocktails and Conversations at The Guesthouse Hotel. 

In 2016, the Edgewater Theatre District, comprised of 22 local theatres, had a huge impact on the small business ecosystem. The District brought an impressive 51,000 people to the neighborhood through their 1,550 performances! Now the Theatre District is in full swing for 2018 and it’s time to meet them, create new partnerships, and continue to strengthen the overall community. 

We’re excited to welcome Commissioner Mark Kelly as our keynote speaker to the event! Mark Kelly is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), which presents and promotes high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations each year in parks, the historic Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city. He was appointed to the post by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in July 2016.

Kelly previously served as the Vice President for Student Success at Columbia College Chicago, where he fostered and oversaw an immersive arts experience for Columbia’s burgeoning student body, across its 100 different degree programs. For more than 30 years, Kelly served in numerous leadership roles at Columbia, supporting students who view the world through a creative lens in attaining a world-class education that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business.

Kelly has amassed more than 40 years of experience working as an academic administrator, with prior positions at Wayne State University and City Colleges of Chicago. Kelly was the founder of the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) initiative, and he created the artistic vision for the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade. He is a percussionist who worked with free form jazz artist Hal Russell, and he had the honor of bringing percussion to an Allen Ginsberg performance. Kelly holds a master of arts in counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor of arts in sociology from John Carroll University.

Guests are encouraged to drop business cards at check-in for a chance at raffle with prizes including a boosted social media post highlighting your business or ad-space in an upcoming theatre program (playbill). Refreshments will be provided by KOVAL Distillery and SideQuest Brewing. Thank you to our sponsors: The Guesthouse Hotel and Bridgeview Bank Group

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Edgewater Theatres

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The Edgewater Theatre District Passport

Explore Edgewater’s incredible theatre scene with the Theatre District Passport. Just like a coffee shop punch card, the Theatre District Passport can be stamped each time you see a play, and after 5 stamps the 6th play will be free! The Theatre District Passport program is only valid with participating locations. Participating Theatres are designated above with an asterisk *.

How It Works:

  1. Pick up your Edgewater Theatre District Passport. You’ll find them at participating theatres, the Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses and organizations in the neighborhood.
  2. Purchase tickets to a show at a participating theatre. It’s always a good idea to purchase in advance – the word is spreading about the high quality shows in Edgewater. They’re selling out!
  3. Have your Passport stamped every time you see a play at a participating theatre.
  4. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, your 6th ticket will be free! Contact the theatre directly to reserve your free tickets – it’s that easy!
  5. Grab your next passport, and start exploring!