Year of Chicago Theatre

2019 • Citywide

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Year of Chicago Theatre

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The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre.

This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The initiative includes performances and special events throughout the city including theatre-themed events in all 77 community areas, as part of the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks’ series. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres.

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Free Public Events:

For more details on Year of Chicago Theatre happenings, visit


Opportunities for Artists and Organizations

LUMA8 Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 19, 68pm on State St., from Lake St. to Van Buren St.

Be a part of the dazzling event that delights audiences with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances. Now in its fifth year, the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade produced by LUMA8 (Light Up My Arts) draws together more than 100,000 guests and participants for a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday." In honor of the Year of Chicago Theatre, DCASE will provide a $2,500 commission to 10 local theatre companies to create a float or walking contingent for the parade. Commission applicants must select a spectacle theme and commit to at least twenty-five parade participants. LUMA8 will connect each selected theatre with float companies, artists, musicians and other resources to help achieve their vision. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, contact Sharene Shariatzadeh of LUMA8 at


For other key initiatives supporting the local theatre industry, visit


Year of Chicago Theater Question of the Month: I love Chicago theatre because...

Throughout the year, we'll be asking questions related to our local theatre scene, and as patrons and practitioners, you're invited to give us YOUR stories and personal reflections. We've partnered with Gather Voices, Inc. to collect short, public-generated video testimonials as part of our yearlong marketing campaign.

Tell us your thoughts about Chicago theatre right now!

Additional Information


The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres are grateful for the generous support of these partners.


Bayless Family Foundation


BMO Harris Bank


Chicago Community Trust


Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation


 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation


MacArthur Foundation


Robert R. McCormick Foundation


Fry Family Foundation Endowment at Millennium Park Foundation


Illinois Arts Council Agency


The Joyce Foundation


Millennium Park Foundation


Prince Charitable Trusts