Chicago Shakespeare is poised to expand its role as a leading cultural institution. Our artists yearn to develop increasingly complex and innovative projects; the next generation of Chicagoans is waiting to discover the canon, and through it, a pathway to literacy; and our global connectivity opens the door for groundbreaking international partnerships. Now is the time to create a world-class cultural institution at the heart of Navy Pier, with the resources that match the art on our stages.
The Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign is a visionary $55 million initiative that supports Chicago Shakespeare’s future. It will provide:
- $20 million for the construction of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
- $15 million for theatrical equipment, including The Yard’s “towers”
- $20 million for artistic and endowment funds—supporting Chicago Shakespeare’s artistic, education and international programming
To date, $43.9 million of the $55 million initiative has been secured, including 14 gifts over $1 million, with the lead individual grant pledged by Carl and Marilynn Thoma to establish the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Chair. Also established is the Ray and Judy McCaskey Education Chair. In addition, seven-figure gifts have been generously pledged by: Best Portion Foundation, Doris Conant, in memory of Howard Conant, Virginia and Gary Gerst, Jentes Family Foundation, Anna and Robert Livingston/Dover Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Pritzker Foundation, Burton X. and Sheli Z. Rosenberg, John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe, Donna Van Eekeren Foundation and two anonymous donors.