The League of Chicago Theatres is proud to serve a membership of more than 200 theaters, a rich and varied theater community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters with budgets under $10,000 to major cultural centers with multi-million dollar shows. No other theater service organization in the country has such a diverse theater membership. Whether you call yourself a Chicagoan or are just visiting for the weekend, the League of Chicago Theatres is your source for Chicago theater.
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August Wilson Monologue Competition
Open to Chicago area high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the competition gives students an opportunity to explore and share the richness of August Wilson’s Century Cycle.
Annual League Gala
Our Annual Gala took place on Monday, May 22, 2017 to support the League in our mission to sustain a thriving theatre industry.
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Sometime in the mid-1980s, writer Keith Huff found himself at what is now the Brown Line station near Lawrence and Western avenues. As he was walking up the stairs to the platform, he heard a loud pop. When he arrived, he saw that a CTA worker had fa
Sunday “Anna Karenina”: A world premiere adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel, about a woman torn between two worlds, opens at Lifeline Theatre. Through April 8 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave.; 773-761-4477 and www.lifelinetheatre.