Three decades ago, we envisioned a new kind of Shakespeare Theater: A place where the people of Chicago would connect to the greatest humanist of all time through bold reinventions of his masterpieces, where the innovation on stage would create new pathways to learning, and a place that would redefine Chicago's cultural reach around the globe.
What once was a fledgling company has evolved into an award-winning theater that annually produces as many as 650 performances of 19 productions, operates extensive education programs for 40,000 students, and is the leading producer of international work in Chicago.
The Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign
is a visionary $55 million initiative, funded by:
$20 million in capital funds to develop and build The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare—our state-of-the-imagination third theater.
$15 million for theatrical equipment, including The Yard’s “towers” that will allow the venue to flex a variety of shapes and sizes, with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850.
$20 million for artistic and endowment funds to support Chicago Shakespeare's artistic, education and international programming.
Campaign Progress: To date, 90 percent of funds have been secured, including 17 gifts over $1 million, with the lead individual grant pledged by Carl and Marilynn Thoma. Other seven-figure gifts have been generously pledged by: Best Portion Foundation, Duane and Susan Burnham, Doris Conant in memory of Howard Conant, Sr., The Crown Family, Dover Foundation, Virginia and Gary Gerst, Jentes Family Foundation, Anna and Robert Livingston, Malott Family Foundation, Ray and Judy McCaskey, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Pritzker Foundation, Burton X. and Sheli Z. Rosenberg, John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe, Donna Van Eekeren Foundation and one anonymous donor.