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 


2016-2017 SEASON

The 2016-17 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:

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth**World Premiere
December 7, 2016 - February 19, 2017

Once upon a time in a land far away, Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth travel telling their stories of fantasy. Now, the two must travel through classic fairytales to save them before they disappear from storybooks forever. Director, playwright and Ensemble Member Doug Hara tells a powerful tale of love and adventure in this world premiere brought to life through the puppet of Blair Thomas. 

Beyond Caring
March 22 - May 7, 2017

The unseen and unheard of society are given a voice. See the struggles of America's working class in this lively and humorous production. Written and directed by Alexander Zeldin, this show fresh from the London stages has been refocused with Chicago in mind. 

Moby Dick
June 7 - September 3, 2017

This classic novel by Herman Melville has come to life on the Lookingglass Theater stage. It's a story of revenge representative of the human psyche. Captain Ahab continues his quest for his white whale in this adaptation and winner of four Jeff Award direct and written by David Catlin. 


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.


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

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