Launching Year of Chicago Theatres – Chicago Cultural Center, Free

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre Collage, Photo: Courtesy of DCASE
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2019 Year of Chicago Theatre

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at

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FREE Admission

WHAT:   Year of Chicago Theatre Official Kickoff Celebration

WHERE:   Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington

WHO: Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner 

WHEN:  Monday, February 11,  6–8 p.m.                      6 p.m.–Speaking Program in Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor, South

Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres.  

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres are pleased to announce “It’s Showtime, Chicago” – a kickoff event for the Year of Chicago Theatre. Coinciding with Chicago Theatre Week, the free admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone – from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers – for an inspiring and surprising look at the “fearless soul” of our city – Chicago’s theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies include: The Second City, Walkabout Theater Company, Free Street Theater, The Cabaret Project, Chicago Youth TheatreFest and many others presenting interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more. 

The event will also be held in conjunction with the 7th annual Chicago Theatre Week, taking place February 7–17. Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week offers discounted tickets to more than 100 productions and invites residents and visitors to sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago. For details,

The Year of Chicago Theatre follows the success of 2017 and 2018 initiatives celebrating

Chicago’s public art and its creative youth. Its mission is to make 2019 a year in which the city of Chicago emphasizes the prominence of its expansive and innovative theatre industry.

Year of Chicago Theatre, Mayor Emanuel

For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre visit and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays (#2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre).

City-wide partners for the Year of Chicago Theatre include: Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Choose Chicago, FCB Chicago, Chicago Loop Alliance, Magnificent Mile Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre, visit and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays (#2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre).

All Photos: Courtesy of DCASE


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