Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Fall 2018 – Winter 2019

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 Some feature a cast of adult performers, while others feature only children. The experience of a live show with the kids is always entertaining, memorable, and fun!

Chicagoland Kids Theater 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

Storytown
Runs weekly every Saturday
Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

The Ugly Duckling
Now – August 3, 2018
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655

Pinkalicious, The Musical!
July 14 – August 12, 2018
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 – 18, 2018
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, IL

Peter Pan
Now – August 19, 2018
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

The Adventures of Robinhood
October – November 2018
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Little Red Riding Hood’s Big Adventure
October – December 2018
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
October 2 – 21, 2018
Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Shrek The Musical
October 5 – December 30, 2018
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Leo Lionni’s Frederick
October 9 – November 12, 2018
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL

Sesame Street Live!
October 12 – 14, 2018
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Bunnicula
October 20 – November 25, 2018
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Ages 5 and up.

Disney Jr. Dance Party On Tour!
October 28, 2018
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Pete the Cat
November 9, 2018
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Ages 3 & up.

Beauty & The Beast
November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0
Two Shows Only – November 11, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Wizard of Oz
November 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
November 16 – 25, 2018
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

A Christmas Carol
November 23 – 25, 2018
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
December 8 – December 24, 2018
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
Ages 2-6.

The Stranger and The Shadow
January – February 2019
Adventure Stage Chicago
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

James and the Giant Peach
January – April 2019
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Joliet, Naperville, Northlake and Palos Hills.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
January 8 – 13, 2019
Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

We Found A Hat
January 12 – February 17, 2018
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Ages 5 and up.

X-Marks the Spot
January 22 – March 3, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
Ages 8 and up.

Charlotte’s Web
November 23 – 25, 2018
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Ages 6 & up.

The World Inside Me
February 9 – March 10, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
Ages 1-5.

The Time Warp Trio
March 16 – April 20, 2019
Lifeline Theater
6912 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Ages 5 and up.

Kids Theater with Child Performers

Mulan, Jr.
October 11-14, 2018
Christian Youth Theater
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Alice in Wonderland, A Pop Musical
October 25 – November 4, 2018
Christian Youth Theater
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Madagascar, Jr. 
November 8-11, 2018
Christian Youth Theater
Guerin Prep High School PAC
8001 West Belmont Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

A Christmas Carol
November 30 – December 9, 2018
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Beauty & the Beast, Jr. 
December 13-16, 2018
Christian Youth Theater
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Madagascar, Jr.
January 11-13, 2019
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High
325 N. Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Elf, Jr.
January 24-27, 2019
MusicMakers Theatre
Performance location TBA

Footloose, The Musical
January 24-27, 2019
MusicMakers Theatre
Performance location TBA

Godspell
January 31-February 3, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
Guerin Prep High School PAC
8001 West Belmont Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

Shrek, Jr.
February 14-17, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Into The Woods, Jr.
February 14-24, 2019
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Tarzan
February 21-24, 2019
Christian Youth Theater
McAnnich Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Wizard of Oz
March 1-10, 2019
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Don’t stop here: explore all of the amazing things to do with kids in Chicago’s south and west suburbs on our site. And please let us know your own 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 "Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Fall 2018 – Winter 2019"

  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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