Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20

This article originally published on August 15, 2019 but has been updated with February performance dates.

We are so excited about all the fantastic family-friendly theater productions heading our way in the fall and winter months! From big shows in the city to smaller ones right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of excellent options to captivate the whole family. Check out our comprehensive list of shows for kids — some with a cast of adult performers, and others with only children. The kids will always remember the experience of a live show!

Kids Theater Guide: Fall to Winter

Kids’ Theater with Adult Performers

Hogwash – An Improvised Tall Tale!
August, 2019
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Ages 3 & up.

Storytown
August, 2019
Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Disney’s Newsies
September 4, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Opens September 28, 2019 
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL

Madagascar, A Musical Adventure!
October 4 – December 29, 2019
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Sesame Street Live!
October 11 – 13, 2019
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Peppa Pig, Live!
October 12, 2019
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Oliver!
October 30 – December 29, 2019
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Beauty and the Beast
October – December 2019
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.

Beauty and the Beast
November 13, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

Pete the Cat
November 15, 2019
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Ages 6-11.

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Corduroy
November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Broadway Playhouse
175 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60611

Mary Poppins
November 15, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Disney Junior, Holiday Party
November 29, 2019

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil
November 29 – December 1, 2019
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

A Christmas Carol
November 29, 2019 – December 23, 2019
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Potted Potter
December 5, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Broadway Playhouse
175 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60611

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
December 7–29, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
Ages 2-6. (Read Kristen’s review of the show!)

White Christmas
December 10–15, 2019
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Live
December 14, 2019

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Wizard of Oz
January – April 2020
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.

Trolls Live!
January 11–12, 2020
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Opens January 25, 2020
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
Ages 0-6.

Hogwash – An Improvised Tall Tale!
Every Saturday at 10:30 am
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Recommended for ages 3–12.

Once on this Island
Now – February 2, 2020
Cadillac Palace Theater
151 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 5+.

Bunny’s Book Club
Now – February 16, 2020
Lifeline Theater
6912 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL, 60626
Recommended for ages 5+.

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Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Now – February 21, 2020
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Now – February 21, 2020
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

Riverdance
February 4 – 9, 2020
Cadillac Palace Theater
151 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 5+.

The Princess and the Pea
February 8 – April 19, 2020
Marriott Theater
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Frindle
February 11-21, 2020
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W Campbell St
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Recommended for grades 3–6.

Ivy and Bean
February 16, 2020
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Recommended for ages 3+.

The Greatest Story Never Told
February 16 – March 22, 2020
Under the Gun Theater
956 W. Newport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Recommended for ages 4–14.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
February 25 – March 14, 2020
Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
Saint Charles, IL 60174

Goldilocks & the Three Bears
February 26 – May 8, 2020
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

Red Kite, Brown Box
February 28 – March 21, 2020
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
Theatre for children (ages 5+) on the autism spectrum and their families. 

Nick Jr., Live!
February 29 – March 1, 2020
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL

Grease
Now – March 15, 2020
Marriott Theater
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

The Wizard of Oz
January – April, 2020
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, DesPlaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake, Palos Hills, River Forest and Schaumburg.
Recommended for preschool – 4th grade.

Kids Theater with Child Performers

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
October 10–13, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

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The Aristocats, Kids
October 11–12, 2019
Ovation Academy
Madison Street Theatre
1010 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
October 17–20, 2019

Christian Youth Theater
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Seussical the Musical
October 24 – November 3, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

We Will Rock You
November 1–2, 2019
Ovation Academy
Madison Street Theatre
1010 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL

Frankenstein
November 7-10, 2019
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Disney’s Camp Rock
November 21–24, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
Guerin Prep High School PAC
8001 West Belmont Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

Matilda
December 6-15, 2019
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Frozen, Jr.
January 10–12, 2020
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Shrek: The Musical
February 13 – 16, 2020
Christian Youth Theatre
West Leyden High School Theater
1000 Wolf Road
Northlake, IL 60164

The Music Man, Jr
February 13 – 23, 2020
Christian Youth Theatre
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Disney’s Newsies
February 20 – 23, 2020
Christian Youth Theatre
McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Annie
February 21 – March 1, 2020
Guardian Angel Players
1125 Harrison Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
February 27 – March 1, 2020
Christian Youth Theatre
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Explore more amazing things to do with kids around town and let us know your favorites in the comments! 

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 "Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20"

  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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