About the Show
Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will open Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.
Young CJ is reluctantly staying with his Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. It’s an eclectic, hip-hoppin’, heart-thumpin’, toe-tappin’ musical joy ride.
Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated children’s books ever. Kids (and parents) love de la Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in everyday city life. Speaking of the mundane, the music will be anything but, as CCT is welcoming Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier, the duo behind the music in CCT’s 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, back to Chicago to create the show’s original score.
*If you require special seating accommodations, please inform Guest Services 72 hours before your performance.
Last Stop on Market Street received a developmental reading at the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University in June 2017.
What Critics are Saying
“what children’s theatre should be.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“must see” – Chicago Parent
“like a kid’s version of ‘In the Heights’…bursts with life and warmth…worth an hour of anyone’s time.” – Chicago Tribune
“a sunny, colorful collage of music and dancing with some serious messages” – Third Coast Review
“The story leaps from the page to the stage. It’s an infectious, colorful, heartwarming story with an important lesson for everyone…Highly Recommended” – Chicago Theatre Review
“a family must-see show” – Chicago Defender
E. Faye Butler and Alejandro. Photo by Charles Osgood.
Chicago Children’s Theatre is proud to partner with Greater Chicago Food Depository during this production to raise awareness about the Summer/Lunch Bus program, which aims to reach children in convenient neighborhood sites such as libraries, parks and community centers, ensuring their access to nutritious food during the summer months. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods to The Station starting April 11.
Access Weekend for Last Stop on Market Street will be Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Performances times are Saturday, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 3PM, and Sunday, 10:30AM and 12:30PM.
For guests attending any performance of Last Stop on Market Street who are blind or have low vision, we will offer a guided tour of the production at 9am on Saturday, May 12. This touch-tour allows for a deeper connection and understanding of the performance. Children and adults alike are allowed to touch portions of the scenery, props, and costumes while also meeting the cast and listening to them describe their characters and appearance. Sign up for the touch tour on May 12 at 1:45pm for Last Stop on Market Street!
ASL interpretation will be available for the Saturday, May 12 at the 10:30AM performance.
Open Captioning will be provided for the 10:30AM and 12:30PM performances on Saturday, May 12.
On Sunday, May 13, we will offer sensory friendly performances at both 10:30AM and 12:30PM. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.
For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, contact the Access department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
100 S. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
Getting to the Theatre and Parking
Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.
We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
– Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3 hour maximum
Please see the map below for specific directions to Chicago Children’s Theatre.