• OUR RETURN TO STAGE

    Explore the 2021/2022 Season

  • SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION!

    In-Person Performances Begin July 30

  • FREE PERFORMANCES
    IN CHICAGO PARKS

    August 5 - September 2, 2021

CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

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

School is Back In Session!

July 30 - August 29, 2021

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play was playing to packed houses when our stages went dark—and you won't want to miss its triumphant return.

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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 >>

Homecoming

The 2021/2022 Season

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

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  • School Girls Cast

    Goodman offers FREE tickets to healthcare workers and performaing arts professionals.

    In acknowledgement of healthcare workers, whose efforts have cared for Chicagoans during the pandemic, as well as performing arts professionals, who may have lost work while stages were dark during this difficult time for the industry, the Goodman is pleased to offer 1,500 free tickets to School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls PlayHealthcare and performing arts industry professionals can fill out the form below to find out how to unlock their complementary tickets.

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  • School Girls

    School Girls marks the return of Chicago's non-profit theater scene

    By Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "The Goodman Theatre is also moving relatively quickly out of the post-COVID gate by opening a new production of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, a caustic comedy about beauty pageants and their corrosive impact of a group of young Ghanan teenage girls...In many ways, the opening night of “School Girls,” will mark the re-opening of the non-profit Chicago theater scene after an inestimably painful absence. But for a while, the Goodman will be out there without its peers."

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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.