Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20

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!
Runs weekly every Saturday
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Ages 3 & up.

Storytown
Runs weekly every Saturday
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

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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.

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!)

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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.

Red Kite, Brown Box
Opens February 29, 2020
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
For children 5 & up on the autism spectrum.

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

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

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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

The MusicMaker Theatre will also offer children’s productions, but as of publishing, the shows and dates were not publicized.

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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