A Year With Frog & Toad

A Year With Frog & Toad

October 9 - November 24
All Ages

Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, Musical adaptation by brothers Robert Reale (music) and Willie Reale (book and lyrics), Directed by Henry Godinez, Choreography by Tommy Rapley, Musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and Nicholas Davio

Box Office: 872-222-9555

The Newberry Parking Plaza at 1030 North State Street will be closed on November 24th. You can find alternative parking at the LAZ parking structure, located at 1250 North Dearborn Street. The rate is $12 for 4 hours and validation is available at the Box Office.


Chicago Children’s Theatre brings back its smash hit inaugural production of A Year with Frog and Toad, the Tony-nominated musical based on the beloved Frog and Toad children’s book series written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical show that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four, fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons, celebrating and rejoicing in their differences that make them unique and special along the way. Kid-captivating musical numbers include “Cookies,” “Getta Loada Toad,” “I’m Coming Out of My Shell” and “Merry Almost Christmas.” Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

*The run time is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.
**If you have special seating accommodations, please inform the Box Office 72 hours before the performance.

Ruth Page Center for Arts
1016 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

*Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office one hour prior to performances with no additional fees.


Special Events

ASL-Interpreted Performance: October 25th and November 19th at 10 a.m.

Autism-Friendly Performance: November 1st at 6 p.m. (no premium seating available). All 235 seats are reserved exclusively for families with children on the autism spectrum. This creates a safe, welcoming environment for children with autism, where nobody needs worry if a child gets loud or active.  Click here for the SOCIAL STORY.

Premium Onstage Lilypad Seating now available during public performances!  Pricing as follows:

  • Friday evenings: $30 for both adults and children
  • Saturdays and Sundays: $43 for adults, $33 for children

Premium Onstage Lilypad Seating allows you to experience the magic up close and personal with Frog, Toad, and their friends.  Some things to consider:

-Please be advised Premium Onstage Lilypad Seating is on the stage floor (cushions available, but no chairs).

-Onstage seating is suitable for children 4 years of age and above.

-If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to sit on the stage.  There are no refunds on premium seating for late arrivals.

-Premium Onstage Lilypad Seating is not available for the Autism-Friendly Performance at 6 p.m. on November 1st.

-Please no unaccompanied children onstage.



Plan Your Visit


The Ruth Page Center for Arts is located in Chicago’s Near North Side just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a historic district roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610


The Ruth Page Center validates discounted parking for the LAZ structure at 1250 N. Dearborn Street ($10 for 4 hours) and the Newberry Plaza structure at 1030 N. State Street ($12 for 6 hours). There is also paid street parking throughout the Gold Coast neighborhood within walking distance of The Ruth Page Center. Chicago Children's Theatre patrons are not allowed to park in the lot adjacent to the Ruth Page Center (on the north side of the building).


The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, with a very high concentration of restaurants and bars. Many of them are located on famed Rush Street. A densely packed area known for its energy and its lights, Rush is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. Even in cold weather, throngs of people can be found mingling outside each of the restaurants and bars in this area. It is, to many, the place to be. Many establishments, aware of the draw of Rush Street, use the moniker when naming their business. There is the Rush Street Restaurant, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush and Tavern on Rush, to name a few. Restaurants that are unique to Chicago include Tavern on Rush, Carmine's, Gibson's, Bistrot Zinc, Morton's Steakhouse and PJ Clarke's. Well-known chains also abound here. There are Dave and Buster's, Johnny Rockets, Big Bowl and the world-famous Cheesecake Factory. For faster food, visitors can try Corner Bakery or Gold Coast Dogs. After hours, check out Hugo's Frog Bar, The Back Room and Luxbar.