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The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
Runs Nov 20 - Dec 24, 2021
In-Person Production |Recommended for Ages 2 – 6

You are cordially invited to meet our friends Jeremy Fisher, Simpkin the Cat, Peter Rabbit, and for the first time this year: Tom Kitten! Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music. Levers are pulled and cranks are turned to reveal images that …

This Ability
Date: Dec 3, 2021
CCTv Virtual Production |Recommended for ages 6 and up

When an international cat-star escapes from O’Hare and is lost on the streets of Chicago, who will come to the rescue? Akeh, a young autistic person, uses his popular hashtag #thisability to start the search for the runaway kitty. As news spreads, will Moore, a young Deaf person, and Faith, a young Blind person, be …


Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster
Runs Jan 29 - Feb 27, 2022
In-Person Production by Manual Cinema |Recommended for ages 5 and up

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? They will need …

Carmela Full of Wishes
Runs Apr 23 - May 22, 2022
In-Person Production |Recommended for All Ages

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Traveling through their neighborhood, Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has …

ROAR Residencies
Runs Aug 30, 2021 - Jun 14, 2022

ROAR (Residencies of Arts and Resilience) will provide an opportunity for students to authentically reflect on challenging or stressful situations, gaining the tools for sharing with others, self care and self agency in those moments. The curriculum (developed in partnership with the Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience) uses children’s literature, theatre and other multi-disciplinary …

Walkie Talkies

Walkie Talkies are fun, totally original audio experiences families can listen to together while exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. Each episode was commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre and created by a different local theater artist, resulting in a fun and educational new audio series that children and families can enjoy together while learning more about the …

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Since our formation in 2004, Chicago Children’s Theatre has served more than half-a-million students and families with innovative productions, classes, and camps, including groundbreaking programming for children on the autism…

Family Programs Overview

Our Education Vision The Education Department of Chicago Children’s Theatre aims to empower the next generation of performers, innovators, and collaborators. Through theatre education, we not only foster students’ artistic…

The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre is a series of unique and innovative programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as initiatives and…

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