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 to construct The Yard—a third stage that will compliment Chicago Shakespeare's existing two venues.
$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, $45 million has been secured, including 14 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, Doris Conant, in memory of Howard Conant, Virginia and Gary Gerst, Jentes Family Foundation, Anna and Robert Livingston/Dover Foundation, Ray and Judy McCaskey, 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.