Are they actors or acrobats? Playwrights or directors? TV stars or theatrical wunderkinds? The answer is yes on all counts. This is the Lookingglass – theater without a net.

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Lookingglass Theatre is located in one of the only buildings in the downtown area that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Maybe that's why every show seems to be blazing new trails.

Upon entering the theater, you might find circus-like swings hanging from the ceiling, or multiple stages at different levels. The stage itself might be long and narrow on one visit, with audiences sitting almost directly underneath the action unfolding above. Next time, the setting could be more traditional. It's never really the same.

This is theater without a net. Literally, and figuratively. Actors may fly across the stage, fight in intricate battle scenes, or perform acrobatic stunts right at your feet. You never know quite what to expect, which ties into their mission of always presenting something New – a premiere at every performance.

Lookingglass' most recent Tony Award® came in 2011 for best Regional Theatre, adding one more to Chicago's Tony total, now standing at five.

David Schwimmer, a Lookingglass co-founder, remains active in current productions. Joining him in the Lookingglass Ensemble is Tony Award® and MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Mary Zimmerman, who is known for her inspirational interpretations of timeless Greek classics.



Lookingglass Theatre
821 N Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611  

A theater in a water pumping station? This high-profile landmark on The Magnificent Mile is one of the few to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. And since 2003, Lookingglass has made Theatre in the Water Tower Works their home with a main stage that can fit up to 240 patrons.

Pass through the ornate Gothic Revival structure (its sibling, the historic Water Tower across the street, looks like a mini castle) on your way to a performance and you'll see the inner workings of a still-functioning water filtration plant for the city.



Check out the Lookingglass calendar for show dates, and for tickets, purchase directly online, call (312) 337-0665, or visit the box office directly:

  • Tuesdays - Saturdays: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (or until curtain)
  • Sundays: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (or until curtain) only during runs of shows 


2015-2016 SEASON

The 2015-16 Lookingglass season, will be both breathtaking and groundbreaking (two world premieres are in the lineup), and it's the kind of incredible mix that Lookingglass audiences and artists have come to expect and crave:

Treasure Island **World Premiere

  • Previews October 7 - 16, 2015 | Opening Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • Regular Run October 18, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling rogues, as Treasure Island explodes like a cannon ball onto the stage regaling thrill-seekers with a story both epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) returns to helm this glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's most beloved novel

Blood Wedding

  • Previews March 2 - 11, 2016 | Opening Saturday, March 12, 2015
  • Regular Run March 13 - April 24, 2016

When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal. Lorca — one of Spain's most revered and controversial dramatists - dared to pen a seductive tale of passion and vendetta in a rural Spanish community, one that speaks to any heart longing for true connection. 

Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure **World Premiere

  • Previews June 1 - 10, 2016 | Opening Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Regular Run June 12 - August 7, 2016

It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple — and complicated — as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the "big time?" Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.  

Check out our Events Calendar for details on what other exciting productions are on stage while you're here and get the inside scoop from our Chicago Like a Local theater blog.

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0665
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