• “Will leave you ravenously hungry for more!"

    Chicago Sun-Times

    Extended Through October 16


    October 7 - November 13


    November 19 - December 31


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Audiences React to Clyde's

"Good theater should make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think—and [Clyde's] hits all of those."—now extended through October 16!


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 >>

Since our return to stage:

140,000 Chicagoans have come through our doors. 411 performances have played on our stages. 43 shows have sold out. And we’re just getting started.


In The News

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  • Swing State preview, Chicago Sun-Times

    Rebecca Gilman achieves milestone at Goodman Theatre with politically charged Swing State

    By Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times

    Swing State is set in summer, 2021, in a tiny Wisconsin town, not wholly unlike the one Gilman calls home in a rural area near New Glarus. The plot follows neighbors on opposite ends of the political spectrum, all trying to survive in a post-pandemic world where something as small as a bumper sticker can spark vicious, futile discord — or worse.


  • Clyde's Review, Chicago Sun-Times

    Review: Clyde’s serves up food for the soul in a deliciously comedic staging at the Goodman Theatre

    By Sheri Flanders, Chicago Sun-Times

    ★★★★ (out of 4)—Fast-paced and uproariously funny, Clyde’s is a spicy feast for the senses.


  • ABC7 Lynn Nottage interview

    Clyde's now showing at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage

    By Hosea Sanders and Marsha Jordan

    Clyde's a lot more than a just greasy spoon off the highway. It's a place where the kitchen is full of people who've served time, trying hard to reclaim their lives.


  • the Cast of Swing State

    Announcing the Cast of Rebecca Gilman's Swing State

    The cast of the world premiere features a lineup of Chicago powerhouses—Mary Beth Fisher (Peg), Kirsten Fitzgerald (Sheriff Kris), Anne E. Thompson (Dani) and Chicago native Bubba Weiler (Ryan)—in a contemporary portrait of America's heartland in a time when it feels like everyone's way of life is in danger of disappearing.


  • Susan V. Booth, Goodman Theatre Artistic Director

    Susan Booth returns to Goodman Theatre as its new artistic director: ‘This is a time of seismic change’.

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    Chicago’s Goodman Theatre announced Monday that Susan Booth, a former Goodman literary manager and currently the artistic director of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, will be the new artistic director of Chicago’s most prestigious theater company.


  • Southern Gothic, Windy City Playhouse

    Smash off-Loop sensation, Southern Gothic, makes its downtown debut at the Playhouse at Petterino's

    Step into a cocktail party in 1960s Georgia in Southern Gothic, a unique immersive theater experience presented by Windy City Playhouse, in association with Goodman Theatre.


  • Chicago Tribune

    Robert Falls announces his last Goodman Theatre season, including a revival of Tommy

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "One highlight is a 30th anniversary revival of The Who’s Tommy, helmed by its original director Des McAnuff, along with the rest of the original creative team, and likely headed to Broadway..."



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.

Patron Health & Safety: Stay up to date on our latest COVID-19 safety protocols.

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

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

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

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