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Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

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Address: 800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 312-595-5600

Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater...

Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world.

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It's my second visit to this theater! How could I not to come here before when we would come to Chicago almost every summer????? Amazing theater!!!!!! Great location. Reasonable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It's my second visit to this theater! How could I not to come here before when we would come to Chicago almost every summer????? Amazing theater!!!!!! Great location. Reasonable prices! For theater lovers it's a must!!!

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River Forest, Illoinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

It is hard to find enough in the way of superlatives for this theater company. Extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other plays, brilliantly staged and acted. The theatre itself is modeled on Shakespeare's Globe, and is a perfect setting. All seats are good. This is as good as theater gets.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

The bar is open both before and after the performances but get there early. The bar is tiny and very popular. The bartender is the best.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

The Othello production had a creative twist in the time shift, while honoring the traditional language. The acting was strong. The set design and special effect were amazing. I'll go again.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I live in England near Stratford upon Avon but I enjoyed the performance of Othello in Chicago more than any other Shakespeare play that I have seen. Simply amazing and bringing Shakespeare to a new generation, brilliant entertainment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We attended Othello the Remix on Mother's Day - the final day of the performance and a sold out show. That's indicative of the quality of shows at Chicago Shakes (as it's intimately known by locals and supporters). They validate for parking, but if you give yourself enough time the EL or bus can get you close enough for a... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

I bought tickets weeks in advance for Othello: The Remix. Living in Louisville, we have the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country, so I had very high expectations. They weren't just met, they were exceeded. The upstairs theatre was gorgeous, the staff was friendly and helpful, the lobby was amazing, we got to meet the cast and congratulate them,... More 

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Cambridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Completely enjoyable evening, seen Othello the performance was awesome, a must visit if in the area.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A small, intimate theater perfect for enjoying an outstanding, high-energy performance. The theater had an usual mix of theater goers from grandparents with their grandchildren and all ages in between. A fun evening.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Recently attended Othello, which was a wonderful performance. Have attended other shows there in the past. It is a great theater, although seating can be challenging. (Sit downstairs if you are claustrophobic) Standing ovation! Always a good job.

Thank Deana F

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Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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