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CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

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Artist Encounter

Watch as Artistic Associate, performer and playwright Dael Orlandersmith and 2020 MacArthur Fellow, choreographer and playwright Larissa FastHorse have a thrilling discussion about the artistic process, career successes and struggles, and what ultimately inspires them to create transformative work.

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  • Future Labs

    Introducing Future Labs

    We are now encouraging project proposals for Future Labs, a series of workshops and presentations written and led by artists of color, beginning in early 2021.

    We are seeking bold, imaginative works from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other playwrights of color for development and public presentation. Future Labs is curated by Associate Director of Education & Engagement Quenna L. Barrett, Literary and New Works Manager Jonathan L. Green, Associate Producer Ken-Matt Martin, and a cross-departmental team of Goodman staff holding intersectional identities.

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  • Goodman's 2021 Season

    Join Us For Our Next Act—The 2021 Season

    As Chicago’s theater since 1925, we have faced adversity, demonstrated resilience and are proud to be a mainstay for our community. We can’t wait to welcome you back, and raise our curtain on our next act—eight plays that reconnect us and illuminate our humanity, with the quality you trust and artistic excellence you expect from the Goodman.

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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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  • The Chicago Tribune

    Review: Brian Dennehy and the great Chicago ‘Death of a Salesman' are back to haunt us anew

    By Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "Brian Dennehy, the pugilistic, broad-shouldered and deeply vulnerable giant of the American stage, died in April. But his greatest theatrical achievement, as a magnitudinous Willy Loman in the Goodman Theatre’s stunning 1998-99 staging of Arthur Miller’s iconic 1949 drama Death of a Salesman, has come roaring back to life..."

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  • Fannie Lou Hamer

    Speak on It! Fannie Lou Hamer's Legacy Takes the Chicago Stage With a 9-Venue Outdoor Run—and a Voting Drive

    By Maiysha Kai, The Root

    "Inspired by [Fannie Lou] Hamer’s fiery rhetoric and 'all the audacious Mississippi women' in her own family, [Cheryl L.] West also shared that she was 'especially motivated to tell the story of a Mississippian woman in her own vernacular and to share the folksy poetry and fire in her spoken word'—including the famed spirituals 'I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,' 'We Shall Not Be Moved' and 'I’m on My Way to Freedom.'”

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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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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 >>

Season News

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT ACT—THE 2021 SEASON

As Chicago’s theater since 1925, we have faced adversity, demonstrated resilience and are proud to be a mainstay for our community. We can’t wait to welcome you back, and raise our curtain on our next act—eight plays that reconnect us and illuminate our humanity, with the quality you trust and artistic excellence you expect from the Goodman.

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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.