The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

The Yard will be Chicago Shakespeare’s third stage and, together with its two existing performance spaces, will amplify the Theater’s artistic vision and community impact. Introducing a new trend in theater architecture to Chicago, the design features a series of mobile “towers" that allow for The Yard to be configured in a variety of shapes and sizes, with audience capacities ranging from 150–850. 

See the Bold, New Space
Renderings illustrate how The Yard will expand Chicago Shakespeare’s theatrical campus on Navy Pier, creating a cultural destination on Chicago’s lakefront.


Watch the Towers in Action

Watch the Towers In Action
Each mobile tower—the size of a city bus stood on its end—contains three levels of seating. Together, they create a radically new performance arena, which can be reimagined and adapted to the widest range of artistic visions by designers and directors.


Be part of the Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign
The Yard will be realized through capital funds raised by Chicago Shakespeare’s Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign, which also raises artistic and endowment funds.


Follow the Build
Construction for The Yard has begun and will be completed in the 2017/18 season.


Chicago Tribune Press Coverage of The Yard

New Chicago Shakespeare stage will transform Navy Pier
“Chicago Shakespeare will take over the space formerly occupied by the Skyline Stage. The plans greatly expand what Chicago Shakespeare is capable of producing at one of the city's most important entertainment and tourist destinations.”  Read full article


Chicago Sun-Times Press Coverage of The Yard

Chicago Shakespeare Theater embarks on major expansion
“A $35 million expansion project will transfigure the easily identifiable white-tented, open-air Skyline Stage—into The Yard, a uniquely engineered, wholly enclosed, year-round performance space of exceptional flexibility.” Read full article


The Chicago Reader Press Coverage of The Yard

Shakespeare Theater expands its presence on Navy Pier with The Yard
“Criss Henderson, executive director of the Shakespeare Theater, tells us what to expect from The Yard, a new addition to the theater currently under construction on Navy Pier.” Watch video


Building & Designing the Theater of Tomorrow

Building & Designing the Theater of Tomorrow
Executive Director Criss Henderson is featured in an episode of Project Innovation and gives BuiltWorlds a behind the scenes look at this radical new venue. Watch video


View Announcement Images
On March 2, 2016 Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson and Board Chair Sheli Z. Rosenberg were joined by Navy Pier, Inc., CEO Marilynn Gardner and Board Chair William J. Brodsky as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce The Yard.

View Beam-Signing Ceremony Images
To celebrate the launch of construction, donors to the Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign and civic leaders “left their mark” on a structural steel beam for The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare on September 8, 2016.

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