Chicagoland’s Kid-Friendly Theater Guide + Live Performances: Fall and Winter 2021–22

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The return of live theater is such exciting news! We’re thrilled to share all of the upcoming kid-friendly productions happening in Chicagoland this fall and winter season. The joy of attending a live show is like no other, and with the incredible line-up of performances, your family won’t want to miss out. Keep in mind that many theaters are committed to following strict public safety guidelines to ensure their guests have a safe, yet enjoyable experience. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the protocols in place at the venue before your family visits. There are also some virtual shows still planned for the months ahead, if that option is more appealing to your family. Either way, get ready for the amazingly memorable experience of sharing the arts with your kiddos!

Kids Theater Guide: Fall–Winter 2021–22

Kids’ Theater with Adult Performers

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

The Relocation of Nokwsi
October 11, 2021 – November 11, 2022
A CCTv Virtual Puppet Production by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Ages 8+.

Wizard of Oz
October 2021
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Performances will resume in October; details to be announced soon.
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.

Cinderella
November 10, 2021– January 9, 2022
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506

Frozen
November 19, 2021 – January 22, 2022
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
November 20, 2021 – December 24, 2021
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Grades Pre K–3rd.

Six Stories Up in Defiance – A Video Game Musical
November 12-21, 2021
Tellin’ Tales Theatre
Virtual performance with a mixed ability theatre group

‘Twas the Night Before – Cirque du Soleil
November 26, 2021 – December 5, 2021
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
December 223, 2021
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Vaccine cards required.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
December 11, 2021
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical
December 21, 2021 January 2, 2022
James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Ages 6+.

This Ability
December 23, 2021 – December 23, 2022
Chicago Children’s Theatre
A CCTv Virtual Production – releases December 23rd in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Ages 6+.

A Year with Frog and Toad
January 21 – February 5, 2022
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
900 Foster Avenue
Medinah, IL 60157
Vaccine card not required.

Alice in Wonderland
January 27 – February 25, 2022
Stahl Family Theatre
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634
Vaccine card not required.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears
January 28, 2021 – February 22, 2022
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Vaccine card required.

Leonardo and Sam – POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2022
January 29, 2022 – February 27, 2022
Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ages 5+.

Hairspray
February 1–13, 2022
CIBC Theatre
18 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Ages 8+.
Vaccine card required.

Rapunzel
March 3 – May 6, 2022
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Vaccine card required.

The Ugly Duckling
March 23 – May 6, 2022
Stahl Family Theatre
5900 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60634
2-10 years old. Vaccine card not required.

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 with Child Performers

*Performance seating is limited for these productions:

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
October 8–10, 2021
Ovation Academy
Madison Street Theatre
1010 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL

Honk!
October 15–17, 2021
CYT Chicago
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Aladdin
November 11–14, 2021
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Mary Poppins Jr.
November 19–20, 2021
BAM Theatre
641 S. Bodin St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Into the Woods
November 20–21, 2021
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Recreation Center
1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526


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!

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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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