2401 N Lake Shore Dr.
Designed in 1913 and constructed in 1920, the Theater on the Lake building was originally built as a recuperation ward for babies suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases. During World War II, the structure was then used as a USO Center for soldiers and sailors. After the war, the Chicago Park District used the venue for then-popular barn dances. In 1952, it was converted into the Theater on the Lake performance venue and showcased productions staged by the Park District’s many community theater organizations. In 1996, the programming evolved into its current format, and the Chicago Park District began inviting professional theater companies to remount their best works.
Present Day Productions and Season:
Theater on the Lake is located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, in a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. In 1996, the programming evolved into its current format, and the Chicago Park District began inviting professional theater companies to remount their best works from the previous season. Today, this full-blown theater festival, celebrates the work of one of the most vibrant and vital theater communities in the world. Each summer, eight main stage plays are showcased in eight weeks, bringing you the best of Chicago's off-Loop theater companies.