Going to a show can be an incredible experience for children at any age. Luckily, Chicago’s theater scene offers so many kid-friendly performances. We’ve gathered up a list of the best family-approved shows happening this month.
NOTE: We’re updating our calendar as quickly as we can with any event changes or cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns. Many of the performances below have been postponed or canceled.
What the Constitution Means to Me – POSTPONED
When: Begins March 4
Where: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago
Playwright Heidi Schreck’s play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will affect the next generation of Americans. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. Recommended for high schoolers and older.
When: March 4-6, 7-8
Where: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago
The legendary multi-cultural company commemorates their 60th anniversary—and the 50th anniversary performing at the Auditorium Theatre— featuring new works and timeless classics, Each performance ends with company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations that has been an audience favorite since the company’s inception.
When: Through March 8
Where: Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”
When: March 12-15
Where: Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Cost: $24, $16 students & seniors
The Evanston Dance Ensemble will tell the story of literature’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This unforgettable production brings the fantastical characters and the magical world of Narnia to life with soaring music, beautiful costumes, and exhilarating dance.
When: Through March 13
Where: iO Chicago Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
An improvised show in which personal, sometimes hilarious, but always true, stories are told from the perspectives of a real-life mom, dad, and daughter. Their insights and conflicts provide the inspiration for the resulting scenes by that night’s cast.
When: Through March 15
Where: Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High’s class of ’59 and rock to songs like “Beauty School Dropout,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
American Ballet Theatre – CANCELED
When: March 19-22
Where: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago,
ABT’s mixed repertory program at the Auditorium features the “Kingdom of the Shades” scene from Act II of Natalia Makarova’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic ballet La Bayadère, Antony Tudor’s one-act ballet Jardin aux Lilas, and Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, with principal dancer Misty Copeland. ABT’s mixed repertory program replaces the originally scheduled full-length La Bayadère.
Red Kite, Brown Box – CANCELED
When: Through March 21
Where: Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave, Chicago
Red Kite, Brown Box is a nationally unique, live theater experience that leads children with autism and their caregivers on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play. Conceived by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, Red Kite, Brown Box is a transformative educational experience created for children on the autism spectrum.
When: Through March 22
Where: Newport Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago
Professional improvisers take suggestions and volunteer performers of all ages from the audience to come on stage and co-create a 45 minute story. Each original performance is transformed into a digital and physical storybook.
The Ghost in Gadsden’s Garden – CANCELED
When: Through March 22
Where: The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St., Evanston
Within the walls of an abandoned hilltop estate, the reclusive groundskeeper Gadsden keeps the garden marvelous and lush. He’s happy to, as his love Vivian adores him for it. There’s just one problem: Vivian is a ghost! When Kid accepts a dare to find out what’s really going on at the suspicious old mansion, Kid finds more than anyone could have imagined.
The Secret of My Success – CANCELED
When: Through March 28
Where: Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora
Adapted from the 1987 Michael J. Fox movie, Brantley Foster, a young ambitious Midwesterner, moves to New York City to start his dream job at a major corporation, only to be laid off on the very first day. In his relentless enthusiasm to succeed Brantley finds himself tangled up in a sidesplitting scheme in which he assumes the identity of rising executive Carlton Whitfield. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
The Princess and the Pea – CANCELED
When: Through May 3
Where: Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
When Prince Wellington is forced into choosing a bride, all the princesses in the land line up to pass the “Princess Test.” Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth, who must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea.
Hit Her With The Skates – POSTPONED
When: Through June 21
Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago
This family-friendly musical explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love while still being true to yourself. Stars American Idol talents Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.
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