Whether you're looking for Chicago date ideas or just fun things to do in Chicago with friends and family, you can't go wrong with dinner and a show. Pick a performance suiting your interests, and try one of these delectable restaurants near Chicago theaters.

Pre-theater dining in Chicago has never been easier with this guide:


Planning to experience Broadway in Chicago? Before watching a Broadway production at the majestic CIBC Theatre, slide into the leather booths for hearty American fare (with proud Irish influences) at the upscale tavern/restaurant The Gage, visit Rosebud Prime from the homegrown Italian steakhouse chain, or enjoy an authentic Italian meal at one of the three restaurants housed within the Italian Village.

If you're catching a musical or new show at the regal Cadillac Palace Theatre, splurge with a reserveration at Prime & Provisions, a slick American steakhouse just a quick stroll two block up on Clark Street along the Chicago River.

And just a couple blocks from the lavish James M. Nederlander Theatre, you'll find handmade ravioli with creative fillings and main dishes with a sustainable focus in a cozy environment at the subterranean Loop gem Trattoria No. 10.


Nosh on Catalan-inspired tapas from Chef Jose Garces at Mercat a la Planxa before heading to Michigan Avenue's storied Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, where classic ballet performances, contemporary dance and philharmonic concerts come to life.

If you're planning an evening at Symphony Center to see the preeminent conductor Riccardo Muti lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes at the on-site restaurant Tesori, approachable Italian cuisine at Acanto or German classics at local Chicago institution The Berghoff Restaurant.

If Lyric Opera of Chicago is your final destination, start out with artful cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan at the ultra-modern Blackbird, or go back in time with rustic, seasonal dishes at the award-winning Sepia, housed in an 1890 print shop.

Catch exciting, diverse performances of music and dance at the Harris Theater, and grab a bite to eat at Millennium Park's Park Grill Chicago (sit right beneath "The Bean"), casual spot (with both patio and rooftop seating!) Tavern at the Park or American steakhouse III Forks.  


For pre- or post-theater dining near the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company, head to Michelin-starred contemporary American restaurant BOKA, where innovative, seasonal dishes are served in a whimsical yet sophisticated atmosphere. For a laidback experience, go further up the street to Stella Barra for artisan pizzas and biodynamic wines. Its adjoining sister restaurant Summer House offers a special three-course Steppenwolf menu ($48 per person) of wood-fired dishes and locally-sourced ingredients. Or stop by the industrial chic Willow Room for refined plates and an impressive wine list.

For theatergoers planning an evening at the cutting-edge powerhouse Lookingglass Theatre Company, dine on modern-day interpretations of French classics at gastronomic bistro Bistronomic. Or enjoy a dinner surrounded by modern art (both on the walls and on your plate) at Marisol inside the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Whether you're catching a big production or intimate play at Goodman Theatre, its prime location in the heart of the downtown Loop theater and shopping district makes it easy to find a dining spot. Dine on classic American dishes, prime steaks and fresh seafood at the old-school Italian supper club Petterino's connected right next door. The partner restaurant has exclusive discounts and deals for theater patrons. 

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier boasts innovative takes on Shakespeare classics and passionate, imaginative plays. For dinner, stick with the pier's premier seafood restaurant with a crab dinner (and breathtaking views) at Riva.


No trip to Chicago would be complete without experiencing the premier talent at one of the comedy clubs. Before laughing the night away at sketch comedy, standup and improv in the Old Town neighborhood — home to The Second CityUP Comedy Club and Zanies Comedy Nightclub — stop by The Kennison, a stylish space with new American fare and views of Lincoln Park. Ribs and comfort food classics can be found at Twin Anchors, and exquisite Italian is served up at family-owned Orso's, also within walking distance.

Before catching a concert from big name headliners or a comedy performance at The Chicago Theatre on State Street in the downtown Loop, enjoy American cuisine, classic cocktails and even live jazz in the lively Tortoise Supper Club, a handsome hangout just past the river two blocks north.

Related Listings

Trattoria No. 10
10 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 984-1718

65 E. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 786-9911

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-5600

The Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-0120

Twin Anchors Restaurant
1655 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 266-1616

Mercat A La Planxa
638 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524

Rosebud Prime
One S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 384-1900

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938-4303

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-2400

Broadway In Chicago
17 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 977-1701

Blackbird Restaurant
619 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708

Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 521-7275

150 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 422-0150

BOKA Restaurant
1729 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070

Berghoff Restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170

Tavern at the Park
130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-0070

123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920

840 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-8400

18 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 578-0763

The Gage
24 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650

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

1633 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300

Tortoise Supper Club
350 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700

Stella Barra Pizzeria
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 634-4101

Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 634-4100

Orso's Restaurant
1401 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-6604

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600

UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 662-4562

Prime & Provisions
222 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-7777

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