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celebrate playwright and poet pearl cleage 

Celebrate playwright/poet Pearl Cleage in a citywide festival with readings, workshops, conversations and more! Learn more.

THE MAGIC PARLOUR comes to the theater district

Just announced: In collaboration with Goodman and Petterino’s, Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour moves into a new home. Get tickets and learn more. Learn more.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

A new musical adaption of John Berendt’s iconic best-selling book joins the 23/24 Season! Learn More. 

2023/2024 Season – Remix Reality

You’ll find familiar and new voices in Artistic Director Susan V. Booth’s first Goodman season. Learn more.

The nacirema society

Watch the trailer for The Nacirema Society and prepare to have a ball! Learn about the Pearl Cleage Festival, a citywide celebration of her work.

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Goodman Theatre Celebrating Pearl Cleage with The Nacirema Society and Citywide Festival of Works

Artistic Director Susan Booth spent the past 21 years as artistic director at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, where she forged a deep working relationship with Pearl Cleage, a prolific playwright in the African American canon whose body of work contains many plays not yet staged in Chicago.


LUCHA TEOTL Puts the Wrestling Ring at Center Stage

What happens when you combine the high-flying explosive style of lucha libre wrestling with Aztec Mythology and you drop it onto a theater stage in a Chicago playhouse (starting September 29th)? You get LUCHA TEOTL – the unique theater experience that puts the wrestling ring at center stage.


A New Loop Venue for Dennis Watkins’ Long-Running Magic Parlour

In a new partnership with Goodman Theatre, the third-generation Chicago magician and former House Theatre ensemble member Dennis Watkins is moving his hit show The Magic Parlour from its longtime home at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel to Petterino’s restaurant on the corner of Randolph and Dearborn streets in Chicago’s Loop.


The Goodman is Great for Date Night

Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, offers a diverse collection of shows great for couples of all ages to enjoy during a night out.



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.

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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.


Goodman’s Flexible 350 Seat Courtyard Theatre

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Goodman’s 856 Seat
Proscenium Main Stage

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