Juneteenth 2024

About Juneteenth On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth, or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all.  In 2021, Juneteenth was established as a federal holiday, opening it to symbolic and global interpretation and providing a …

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March 2024 Women’s History Month Shows

Women’s History Month celebrates the invaluable contributions and achievements of women throughout history. In the diverse theatrical landscape of Chicago, women have played a crucial role in shaping its evolution. From groundbreaking playwrights like Lorraine Hansberry, whose seminal work “A Raisin in the Sun” broke barriers and paved the way for Black storytelling, to innovative directors like Mary Zimmerman, known for her visually stunning productions, women have left an indelible mark on Chicago’s theater scene. Their diverse perspectives, artistic prowess, and fearless creativity have enriched and diversified narratives on stage, challenging norms and pushing boundaries. Women’s History Month serves as a poignant reminder of the significant impact women have had and continue to have in shaping the cultural landscape of Chicago’s theater community.

See a full list of Women’s History Month Programming from League of Chicago Theatres Member Theatres:

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, The Artistic Home

March 8, 2024



Mother Courage and her Children, Trap Door Theatre

January 18 – March 9, 2024



Flood, Shattered Globe Theatre

January 29 – March 9, 2024



Meditations on Being, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

March 1 – 9, 2024



ECHO, Auditorium Theatre

March 16, 2024



Pretty Woman, Broadway In Chicago

March 12 – 17, 2024



My Fair Lady, Broadway In Chicago

March 12 – 17, 2024



La Pinche India, Aguijón Theater Company

February 9 – March 17, 2024



Silent Sky, Citadel Theatre

February 14 – March 17, 2024



On Your Feet!, Broadway In Chicago

March 19 – 24, 2024



Notes from the Field, TimeLine Theatre Company

Jan 31 – Mar 24, 2024



Party at the Pantheon: A Modern Greek Stoner Comedy, The Factory Theater

February 16 – March 23, 2024



Shakespeare’s R & J, PrideArts

February 22 – March 23, 2024



The Penelopiad, Goodman Theatre

March 2 – 31, 2024



The Brightest Thing in the World, About Face Theatre

March 14 – April 13, 2024



Love Song, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

March 21 – April 21, 2024



The Good, Curious Theatre Branch

March 29 – April 20, 2024



A Streetcar Named Desire, Paramount Theatre

March 13 – April 21, 2024



Improvised Jane Austen, iO Theater

February 3 – April 27, 2024



Inanimate, Theater Wit

March 22 – May 4, 2024


MLK Day Events January 15, 2024

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center January 13, 2024; 2-4pm On January 13, 2024, the museum will host  “Been To The Mountaintop:  Dr. King and the Present and Future of Our World,  a free community discussion with civil rights activist, poet and filmmaker Kevin Powell. Explore the exhibits “Freedom: Origin and Journey” and “Troubled Waters: Chicago 1919 Race Riot” Check out their other MLK Day 2024 programming here Chicago Children’s Museum January 15, 2024; 10-5pm Join us for our celebration of Dr. King and his legacy at Chicago Children’s Museum …

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Black History Month Events 2024

Greenhouse Theater Center Tad in 5th City, January 19 – March 3 https://chicagoplays.com/event/tad-in-5th-city/ After the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968, violence erupted on Chicago’s west side, consuming a 28-block stretch of West Madison Street. This traumatic moment changed the landscape of the city and an entire generation.  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Christian McBride’s The Movement Revisited, February 2 https://cso.org/performances/23-24/scp-jazz/christian-mcbride/ Eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, bandleader and host of NPR’s “Jazz Night in America,” Christian McBride brings his monumental musical tribute inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther …

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LOCT: 45th Anniversary Programming

League of Chicago Theatres Career Fair

Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Colombia College (72 E 11th St.)
The League of Chicago Theatre’s invites you to it’s 2nd Annual Theatre Industry Career Fair on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Columbia College Chicago. We encourage you to join us to learn more about the many different career opportunities that exist within the performing arts industry in Chicago. This event is FREE for participants and food and snacks will be served throughout the day.

The event includes:

  • 30+ Theater and Performing Arts Companies, Organizations, and Hiring Managers
  • Industry Focused Panel Discussions
  • Resume Reviews Sessions
  • Mock Speed Interviews
  • Headshot Appointments

and more!

Pre-register for the Career Fair HERE

Sundays on State 

Date: Sunday, June 16 & July 14 
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: State Street
The League of Chicago Theatres and Chicago Loop Alliance are seeking performers for Sundays on State Street taking place June 16 & July 14 from 11am-6pm. Interested in singing, dancing, or acting on the State Street stage? Fill out our performer entry form HERE and select your preferred day for performing.

Community Empowerment Series: Neighborhoods and Communities

Date: Monday, September 9
Time: 4:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark St.)
This segment of our CES is designed to gather our member organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced within their immediate communities and neighborhoods. This segment will also include an opportunity to discuss advocacy with local and state representatives.

League of Chicago Theatres 45th Anniversary Gala

Date: Monday, October 7
Time: 4:30pm-9:00pm 
Location: Zhou B Art Center (1029 W 35th St.)
The League of Chicago Theatres is excited to host its annual gala in celebration of it’s 45th anniversary.  Join us as we present our Lifetime Achievement and Artist Excellence Awards, as well as the 2024 Broadway In Chicago: Emerging Theatre and Backstage Champion Awards.

Community Empowerment Series: 2025 Advocacy Planning

Date: November
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
This segment of our CES is designed to gather our members to discuss the short and long term goals of their organizations and the Chicago Theatre Community. This discussion will be followed by an in depth review of the 2024 Annual Membership Survey results and an opportunity to contribute to the League’s advocacy plan for 2025.

Cheers to 45 More Years!

Date: December
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
The League of Chicago Theatres will host one last hoorah to gather the membership and close out the year. This benefit will be a time for celebration leading up to the holiday season and we invite everyone to join!


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Now Accepting Applications for August Wilson Youth Intensive

The August Wilson New Voices Competition (AWNV) is a city-wide competition open to all Chicago high school students in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. To participate, students engage in three rounds of competition by either performing a 2-3 minute monologue or creating a visual design presentation from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. The top two students from the Chicago Regional Finals receive a cash prize and are granted the opportunity to compete at the AWNV National competition with students from across the …

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Theater Season Theatre Toolkit

The League of Chicago Theatres, Choose Chicago, and DCASE are proud to announce a new marketing campaign this fall declaring fall “Theater Season” in Chicago. Just like there is is Football Season, Holiday Season, Spooky Season, and SummertimeCHI, this year we are claiming fall as THE season to see great shows. The campaign leans into the idea that theatre is all around us and even the most ordinary of things can become dramatic. Below you’ll find all the resources to get involved with the campaign and promote your fall shows! Background  Find …

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