• AN ELECTRIC CALL TO ACTION

    Extended through November 21, 2021

  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    November 20 - December 31, 2021

  • A FREE CELEBRATION OF NEW WORK

    December 1 - 19, 2021

CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

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

Fannie

(The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer)

Extended by popular demand through November 21!

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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 >>

A Message from Robert Falls

Robert Falls announces plans to step down as Artistic Director in the Summer of 2022.

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In The News

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  • WTTW

    Goodman Theatre’s American Mariachi Examines Music as a Tool for Healing

    Angel Idowu, WTTW

    “You can’t be what you can’t see. There are so many different, amazing Spanish speaking communities in the city of Chicago. Those folks should be able to have world class theatre about them and their stories in languages they speak in their own home."

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  • Chicago Tribune

    Music, Culture, Family Celebrated Alongside Heartache in American Mariachi

    Mary Houlihan, The Chicago Sun-Times

    "This play is filled with such hope, and we really need that right now given all the challenges we’ve all faced in the past few years. It celebrates family, it celebrates life, it celebrates music, it celebrates a culture.”

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  • Chicago Tribune

    Exclusive: Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls is Stepping Down

    Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

    After a 35-year run leading Chicago’s most prestigious theater company, Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is to resign, effective at the end of the current season in August 2022.

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  • Chicago Sun-Times

    Robert Falls Stepping Down as Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Director

    Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times

    "The complexity of Chicago needed to be reflected on our stages. And over the years, works by writers of color, works by women, works by people whose voices may not have been heard on stages before became and still are increasingly important here...”

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  • WBEZ Chicago

    Longtime Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls Announces Retirement

    Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons, WBEZ Chicago

    "He helped build Chicago’s Goodman into one of the nation’s premier, groundbreaking theaters. Now, after 35 years as artistic director, Robert Falls is exiting the stage after finishing up this season. Reset pulls back the curtain on Chicago’s theatre scene with the legendary director."

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  • 21/22 Playwrights Unit

    Announcing Goodman's 2021/2022 Playwrights

    Goodman Theatre’s commitment to new work and commissioning emerging artists continues as four Chicago-based writers are announced as the 2021/2022 Playwrights Unit Cohort—Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, Susan H. Pak, Andrew Rosendorf and Omer Abbas Salem.

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  • Steve Scott

    Steve Scott named Artistic Director of the Dunes Arts Foundation

    Steve Scott, Goodman Artistic Associate and former Goodman producer of more than 30 years, has been named Artistic Director of the Dunes Arts Foundation, located in Michigan City, Indiana. Learn more about the work the foundation is doing.

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CELEBRATING 96 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.

Patron Comfort & Well-Being: 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.