Chicagoland’s Kid-Friendly Theater Guide + Live Performances 2022–23

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Bringing the kids to a live theater performance is a beautiful way to enjoy performance, stories, and music together. We’re so lucky to have a wealth of local performances for kids, both in the suburbs and in the city! Whether you’re looking for kids’ shows put on by adult performers or shows by kids, for kids, we’ve got the round-up of fall and winter options. Check back as the season goes on for updates as theaters continue to announce their plans!

Live Theater for Kids in Chicagoland

Professional Children’s Theater Performances with Adult Performers

Spongebob The Musical
February 28 – March 6, 2022
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
See the theater’s COVID policy.

Rapunzel
March 3 – May 6, 2022
Chicago Kids Company
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
See the theater’s COVID policies.

Trolls Live
March 12 – 13, 2022
NOW Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
See the performance’s COVID policies.

The Ugly Duckling
March 23 – May 6, 2022
Chicago Kids Company
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
See the theater’s COVID policies.

The King and I
April 1 – May 22, 2022
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
See the theater’s COVID policy.

Wow in the World
April 3, 2022
Chicago Theatre
175 N State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
See the theater’s COVID policy.

L.O.L. Surprise Live
April 3, 2022
Rosemont Theater
5400 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
See the theater’s COVID policy.

The Sound of Music
April 13 – June 5, 2022
Marriott Theater
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
See the theater’s COVID policy.

Circus Vazquez
April 22 – May 9, 2022 at Woodfield Mall
May 13 – June 6, 2022 at North Riverside Mall
Jume 10-20, 2022 at Westfield Old Orchard

Tall Enough
April 23 – May 21, 2022
The Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Carmela Full of Wishes
April 23 – May 22, 2022
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S. Racine
Chicago, IL 60607
Recommended for all ages. See the theater’s COVID policy.

Rapunzel
May 11 – August 6, 2022
Chicago Kids Company
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
See the theater’s COVID policy.

The Ugly Duckling
May 12 – August 5, 2022
Chicago Kids Company
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
See the theater’s COVID policy.

Fiddler on the Roof
May 17 – 21, 2022
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 5+.
See Broadway in Chicago’s COVID policy.

“The Dreamer” by the School of Ballet 5:8
May 28 – 29, 2022
Lincoln-Way West High School
21701 Gougar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451

The Wizard of Oz
June 14 – 17, 2022 | 10:30 am
Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg
June 23 – 24, 2022 | 10:00 am
Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove
June 29 – 30, 2022 | 10:30 am
Dorothy Menker Theatre in Palos Hills
July 12 – 14, 2022 | 10:30 am
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero

Cirque Italia Water Circus
June 23 – July 4, 2022
Chicago Premium Outlets Parking Lot
1650 Premium Outlet Blvd
Aurora, IL 60502
Circus with an animal-free policy.

My Fair Lady
June 28 – July 10, 2022
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 8+.
See Broadway in Chicago’s COVID policy.

The Wizard of Oz
July 8 – August 7, 2022
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Firefly Family Theatre
Based out of Glen Ellyn, this theater offers live performance bookings and virtual shows for community venues.

Dreamgirls
August 13 – October 16, 2022
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Suggested for ages 10+

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster
September 10 – October 16, 2022
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ages 5+.

The Conductors
September 18-28, 2021
Kerfuffle
Locations in Blue Island, Harvey, and Waukegan
Ages 2-6 years old.

Anastasia
September 20–25, 2022
CIBC Theatre
18 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
Recommended for ages 7+

Disney Junior Live on Tour
Sunday, September 25, 2022
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Winnie the Pooh
October November 2022
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Recommended for kids in preschool through fourth grade
Various locations including Downers Grove, Des Plaines, Cicero, Joliet, Naperville, and Palos Hills. See the full schedule.

Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium
October 6 – November 12, 2022
The Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Sesame Street Live!
October 7-9, 2022
Rosemont Theatre
5400 North River Rd. 
Rosemont, IL 60018

Dr. Seuss at the Opera!
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077

Blue’s Clues & You!
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432

The Three Little Pigs
October 19, 2022 – March 10, 2023
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

Spy Ninjas Live!
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Rosemont Theatre
5400 North River Rd. 
Rosemont, IL 60018

The Tortoise and the Hare
November 3, 2022 – February 17, 2023
The Stahl Family Theatre
5900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634

Six Stories Up in Discovery
November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13, 2022
Tellin’ Tales Theatre
Virtual performance with a mixed ability theatre group

Elf, the Musical
November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Ln.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

The Sound of Music
November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Suggested for ages 5+

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
November 13, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Recommended for ages 5+.
Lookingglass Theatre
Water Tower Water Works
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Wizard of Oz
November 15 – December 31, 2022
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
10 Marriott Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

The Lion King
November 17, 2022 January 14, 2023
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 6+

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
November 19 – December 24, 2022
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Grades pre K–3rd

A Christmas Carol
November 2527, 2022
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Miracle on 34th Street
November 25 December 17, 2022
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
900 Foster Avenue
Medinah, IL 60157

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
November 30 – December 23, 2022
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

Carden Super Spectacular Circus
December 2-4, 2022
NOW Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

A Magical Cirque Christmas
December 6-11, 2022
CIBC Theatre
18 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Bluey’s Big Play (a puppet performance)
December 10-11, 2022
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show
Friday, December 23, 2022
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Charlotte’s Web
January 12 – April 7, 2023
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Recommended for kids in preschool – fifth grade.
Performing at various Chicagoland venues in Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Naperville, Palos Hills, Schaumburg, River Forest and Romeoville. 

Las Wavys
January 19 – February 11, 2023
The Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Cats
February 21-26, 2023
James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

A Wrinkle in Time
April 13 – May 20, 2023
The Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Annie
March 7-19, 2023
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
April 15 – May 14, 2023
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607

A Tiny Spark & Grow
Firefly Family Theater, located in Glen Ellyn, performs in-person and pre-recorded shows. Right now they are offering various shows at libraries across the suburbs. Check their website for the current schedule.

Kids Theater Productions with Casts of Child/Teen Performers

*Performance seating is limited for these productions:

The Descendants: The Musical
February 26 – March 6, 2022
Bright Side Theatre
North Central College
31 S. Ellsworth
Naperville, IL 60567

Chicago, Teen Edition
March 3 – 6, 2022
Riverside Brookfield High School
160 Ridgewood Rd.
Riverside, IL 60546
Recommended for teens and older.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.
March 17 – 19, 2022
BAM Theatre
Performance Location TBA
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Stuart Little
April 14 – 16, 2022
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W Campbell St.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Honk
April 22 – 24 and April 29 – May 1, 2022
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Frozen Kids
May 12 – 14, 2022
Music Makers Theatre
Lyons Township Performing Arts Center
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Wizard of Oz
May 12 – 14, 2022
Music Makers Theatre
Lyons Township Performing Arts Center
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

The Addams Family
May 13 – 15, 2022
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High School
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Frozen Kids
May 20 – 22, 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Ghostlight Educational Theatre Collective
Lyons Township South Campus
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Legally Blonde, Jr.
May 20 – 22, 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Ghostlight Educational Theatre Collective
Lyons Township South Campus
4900 S. Willow Springs Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

The Descendants: The Musical
June 2 – 5, 2022
Stage Door Fine Arts Theatre
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

The Music Man Jr.
October 8–9, 2022
Ovation Academy
Madison Street Theatre
1010 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL

Willy Wonka Jr.
October 13–16, 2022
CYT Chicago
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical
October 28 and 29, 2022
CYT Chicago
Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

The Wizard of Oz
November 11-12, 2022
Ludwig School
710 N. State Street
Lockport, IL 60441

Annie Jr.
November 18-19, 2022
BAM Theatre
Check website for updated show location info.

Matilda Jr.
December 9-11, 2022
Footlight Players of La Grange Park
Park Junior High School
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Disney Newsies Jr.
January 23-29, 2023
Ghostlight Theatre
Check website for updated show dates & location.

Willy Wonka Kids
January 23-29, 2023
Ghostlight Theatre
Check website for updated show dates & location.

Winnie the Pooh Kids
January 27-28, 2023
MusicMakers Theatre
Check website for updated show location info.

Willy Wonka Jr.
January 27-28, 2023
MusicMakers Theatre
Check website for updated show location info.

Matilda, the Musical
January 27 – February 5, 2023
Stage Door Fine Arts
Check website for updated show location info.

The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System
February 4, 2023
TheatreWorksUSA: Pfeiffer Hall
310 E. Benton
Naperville, IL 60540


If your child is inspired to hit the stage after seeing one of these magical productions, we have the perfect listing of kids theater and drama classes for you! We also have an Events Calendar filled with options for your family and for more inspiration, check out our Indoor Activities page.

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  • Mary Ellen Gavin
    April 2, 2017 8:00 pm

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

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