Theater for Kids Guide: Fall 2017 – Winter 2018

The fall and winter months bring a terrific line-up of theater for kids to see with the family. Whether it’s a big production in the city or a smaller production right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of wonderful options that will delight the whole family. Check out our extensive list of shows for kids that feature a cast of adult performers, as well as ones that feature only children. The experience of a live show with the kids is always entertaining, memorable, and fun!

Kids star in a production of Grease

Theater for Kids Guide: Fall–Winter

Kids Theater with Adult Performers

Hogwash – An Improvised Tall Tale!
Runs weekly every Saturday
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Ages 3 and up

Madagascar
Now – August 27, 2017
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Disney’s Aladdin
Now – September 10, 2017
Broadway in Chicago
Cadillac Palace Theater
151 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Mother Goose’s Garden
Now – December 31, 2017
Emerald City’s Little Theater
2933 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Ages 0–5

A Year With Frog & Toad
September 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017
Chicago Children’s Theater
The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

PJ Masks Live
September 30 – October 1, 2017
The Chicago Theatre
175 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Alice in Wonderland
October 12 – November 22, 2017
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills
Recommended for grades PreK–4th

Arnie and the Doughnut
October 21 – November 26, 2017
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Ages 5 and up

The Tortoise and the Hare
October 26 – November 22, 2017
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655
Ages 2–8

Akeelah and the Bee
October 27 – November 25, 2017
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Rapunzel
November 1 – December 15, 2017
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634
Ages 2–8

Peppa Pig’s Surprise Live
November 4, 2017
The Chicago Theatre
175 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Sleeping Beauty
November 10 – December 30, 2017
The Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Twas the Night Before Christmas
November 11 – December 31, 2017
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Ages 3-13.

Wild Kratts Live
November 12, 2017
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL

A Christmas Carol
November 15 – December 23, 2017
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

The American Revolution
November 17, 2017
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Grades 4th–8th

Elf
November 22 – January 7, 2018
The Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

The Christmas Toyshop
November 29 – December 21, 2017
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.
Recommended for grades PreK-4th

A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 27, 2017
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Pete the Cat
December 1, 2017
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical
December 1–23, 2017
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655
Ages 2–10

Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
December 2–17, 2017
Chicago Children’s Theater
The Station
100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ages 2–6

Montauciel Takes Flight
January 13, 2018 – February 18, 2018
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Ages 5 and up

My Wonderful Birthday Suit
January 16, 2018 – February 18, 2018
Chicago Children’s Theater
The Station
100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ages 4–7

Charlotte’s Web
January 17, 2018 – March 27, 2018
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.
Recommended for grades PreK-5th

Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories
February 2, 2018
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Ages 3 and up

The 13-Storey Treehouse
February 6, 2018
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Grades 2nd–7th

Paw Patrol Live
February 17–18, 2018
The Chicago Theatre
175 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Frindle
February 20–23, 2018
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Theater for Kids with Child Performers

James and the Giant Peach
November 9–12, 2017
Spotlight Theater
Guerin Prep High School
8001 W. Belmont Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

Annie Jr.
December 1–10, 2017
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs – Cattell Theatre
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Aladdin, Jr.
January 19–21, 2018
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Les Miserables
February 22-25, 2018
CYT (formerly Spotlight Theater)
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

1 Comment on "Theater for Kids Guide: Fall 2017 – Winter 2018"

  1. Mary Ellen Gavin | April 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Reply

    Thanks so much. I have signed up for a few plays to take my Grand Daughter! Mary Ellen Gavin

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