Edgewater Theatre District

2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre

Experience what makes Edgewater Theatre Fearless!

The Edgewater Theatre District, home to over 20 local theatres, makes Edgewater unique among this city of neighborhoods.  Join your community and take the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce’s Year of Chicago Theatre Pledge to experience what makes this area awesome by committing to watch one (1) play or performance in the Edgewater Theatre District this year. Easy right?

Your fun night out seeing a play and getting dinner and drinks helps boost Edgewater’s economic activity by up to $1.2 million in local restaurant, bar and service revenue. It’s a win-win to you and our small businesses.


Voting for the YOCT Edgewater People’s Choice Award has CLOSED. The winning play will be announced during the Chamber’s Holiday Mixer on December 5th – you can buy tickets to attend. Browse the six nominees below:

I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart.  Produced by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at the Rivendell Theatre.
GENRE: Comedy
SUMMARY: Samantha and Leo are a team – best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world – until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey’s Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage.

Life and Times of a Hopeful Romantic.  Produced by Stockyards Theatre Project at City Lit.
GENRE: One person show
SUMMARY: A play about the stories we tell ourselves to help us through life’s experiences, dilemmas and hardships. A journey through love, depression, creativity, loss and what happens when you decide to actually continue living.

Pakalolo Sweet.  Produced by Nothing Without a Company at the Berger Park Cultural Center.
GENRE: Comedia Tragedy 
SUMMARY: Talk story with Uncle Makana and his ‘ohana (family) at a karaoke party. He meets his grandson, Junior Boy, who comes from a lineage of marijuana growers and is now proudly expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Nani. This is the second in Ii-Epstein’s trilogy of drug plays set on the North Shore of O’ahu.

Red Rex.  Produced by Steep Theatre at Steep Theatre.
GENRE: Drama
SUMMARY: A small theater company moves into an abandoned Chicago storefront. Led by their adventurously thirsty artistic director, they embark on an explosive new play with the hope of finally breaking it big. When the ensemble realizes their source material might not be as original as once assumed, they are thrust into an intense confrontation with residents of their new community.

Women of 4G.  Produced by Babes With Blades Theatre Company at the The Factory Theater.
SUMMARY: Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.

Yen.  Produced by Raven Theatre at the Raven Theatre.
GENRE: Drama
SUMMARY: Two practically feral teenaged brothers live alone in their filthy flat with a dog named Taliban, perpetually playing video games, watching porn, waiting for the occasional visit from their mother, and surviving. But when a strange neighborhood girl barges through their door, the boys’ little blue world begins to change color.


Check out the Theatre Calendar to stay on top of current and upcoming performances.

Be Brave

Sign up and pledge now and as an added perk we’ll enter you into a free theatre ticket giveaway each month this year. If you are one of our lucky winners, you will see a performance on us! If you’re already a theatre-lover, up the ante by getting an Edgewater Theatre Passport and get your sixth theatre ticket free at participating theatres.

Be Visceral

There’s nothing like a gut-wrenching moment experienced during a live theatrical performance. The Edgewater Chamber is celebrating the Year of Chicago Theatre with a People’s Choice Award given out to the play in 2019 that receives the highest votes from all the pledgers and local residents. 

Be Awe-Inspiring

Interested in helping your local theatres live on the Edge? Donate to the Edgewater Theatre District and help the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce continue to help  the arts flourish into our community.

Be Proactive

Are you a small business owner looking to show your support in the arts and adopt an Edgewater theatre in the spirit of the 2019 pledge? Contact Katrina Balog at katrina@edgewater.org to learn more.


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 twenty 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!

In 2017, the Edgewater Theatre District, comprised of 22 local theatres, had a huge impact on the small business ecosystem. The District brought an impressive 46,629 people to the neighborhood through their 1,366 performances!

Edgewater Theatres


Click here for an Edgewater Theatre performance calendar.

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*Participating Passport Theatres

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!


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