• OUR RETURN TO STAGE

    Explore the 2021/2022 Season

  • UP NEXT IN OUR
    LIVE STREAMING SERIES

    Streaming Live June 17 - 20, 2021

  • SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION!

    In-Person Performances Begin July 30

CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

A Not-For-Profit Arts and Civic Organization in the Heart of the Loop

Homecoming

The 2021/2022 Season

A thrilling line-up awaits as we return to stage and resume performances.

EXPLORE SEASON

Arts As Education

Did you know that the Goodman impacts thousands of Chicago youth and lifelong learners each year through a host of Education and Engagement programs?

Our Alice Rapoport Center is home to it all. Join us! Explore all Education & Engagement programming >>

In The News

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  • The Sound Inside

    Live at the Goodman Offers Three Views on Loss and Reinvention

    By Melissa Perry, Chicago Reader

    "Starting May 13, the Goodman Theatre’s Live series hopes to give its patrons the next best thing [to in-person performances]. From May 13 - July 18, this series will premiere three plays that will be performed on the Goodman stage for the first time, filmed by a professional camera crew and livestreamed to audiences at home..."

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  • Mayor Lightfoot Press Conference

    Chicago announces ‘Open Culture’ banner over a summer of arts — including School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

    By Doug George, Chicago Tribune

    "This reopening is only picking up speed. An announcement Wednesday by the City of Chicago promoted “Open Culture,” the next phase of Open Chicago, highlighting a full calendar of entertainment and events for the summer...In a few instances, shows and opening nights that had previously been hinted at were announced, including School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Goodman Theatre in early August.

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  • Mary Beth Fisher

    Goodman Theatre to livestream 3 new shows, including The Sound Inside recently on Broadway

    By Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "The Goodman Theatre…will join with a video production company led by Christiana Tye and create three new productions in coming weeks. The Goodman then will livestream the shows from the theater during a limited window to audiences at home.” The Live series includes The Sound Inside (May 13-16), Ohio State Murders (June 17-20) and I Hate It Here (July 15-18).

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  • Chuck Smith

    Resident Director Chuck Smith Honored with Lifetime Legacy Award

    The African American Arts Alliance (AAAA) awarded honorees at its 20th annual Black Excellence Awards, including the Lifetime Legacy Award for Goodman's own Chuck Smith. The virtual celebration took place on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on Facebook.

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  • Dael Orlandersmith

    Dael Orlandersmith Receives Doris Duke Artist Award

    "The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the winners of the 2020 Doris Duke Artist Awards, which awards each artist with a total of $275,000 in unrestricted funds including $25,000 dedicated to encouraging retirement savings." The winners of this year's prize include, among others, Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Dael Orlandersmith.

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  • 20/21 Playwrights Unit

    Announcing Goodman's 20/21 Playwrights Unit including Eliza Bent, Marisa Carr, Terry Guest and Exal Iraheta.

    Over the past 10 years, the Goodman has commissioned more than 40 Chicago-based playwrights through this unique annual residency. Goodman Theatre’s commitment to new work and commissioning emerging artists continues as four Chicago-based writers are announced as the 2020/2021 Playwrights Unit.

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CELEBRATING 95 YEARS

Today's Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the dream of multifaceted artist, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who worked to open Chicago's first major theater and training program from drama students at the Chicago Art Institute.

Goodman's parents took up his cause after his death and in the fall of 1925, the Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Memorial Theatre opened its doors. Our Full History >

Visitor Info

Getting to the Goodman is easy.

Our central location is in close proximity to I-55, I-90/94, I-290 and Lake Shore Drive, as well as all major CTA rail lines and many bus routes. Multiple parking lots are located near the theater, and Goodman patrons have options for discounted parking rates. More help getting here.


A few links to answer all your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: We get these all the time; yours is probably here.

Food & Drinks Nearby: Where to go before and after the show.

Where to Stay: Traveling? Here are our recommended accommodations.

Theater Services: Coat check, lost and found, emergency info.

Accessibility: We strive to make performances and facilities accessible to all patrons.