• INTRODUCING OUR LIVE SERIES

    3 NEW PRODUCTIONS
    STREAMING IN REAL TIME

    May 13 - July 18, 2021

  • AVAILABLE AS PART OF OUR
    LIVE STREAMING SERIES

    Streaming Live May 13 - 16, 2021

  • BY NORA CARROLL
    DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN

    Live Virtual Reading May 29 at 7pm

CHICAGO’S THEATER SINCE 1925

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Goodman's Live Series

Streaming May - July, 2021

Goodman Artistic Director and director of The Sound Inside, Robert Falls, discusses the challenge and inspiration behind live streaming performances.

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  • Mayor Lightfoot Press Conference

    Chicago announces ‘Open Culture’ banner over a summer of arts — including School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

    "This reopening is only picking up speed. An announcement Wednesday by the City of Chicago promoted “Open Culture,” the next phase of Open Chicago, highlighting a full calendar of entertainment and events for the summer...In a few instances, shows and opening nights that had previously been hinted at were announced, including School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Goodman Theatre in early August.

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  • Mary Beth Fisher

    Goodman Theatre to livestream 3 new shows, including The Sound Inside recently on Broadway

    "The Goodman Theatre…will join with a video production company led by Christiana Tye and create three new productions in coming weeks. The Goodman then will livestream the shows from the theater during a limited window to audiences at home.” The Live series includes The Sound Inside (May 13-16), Ohio State Murders (June 17-20) and I Hate It Here (July 15-18).

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  • Smokefall

    Goodman Theatre opens the vaults and offers a new chance to see Smokefall. Grab it.

    "In 2013, I fell hard for a new play called Smokefall...[which is] one of five productions in the new Encore series...a rare chance to catch up on some of the Chicago theater history you might have missed." In addition to Smokefall, Encore includes signature Goodman productions of How To Catch Creation, Pedro Páramo and Measure for Measure, streaming for limited runs between March 15 - May 9.

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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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  • 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.