Individual Giving

Shakespeare is alive and well in Chicago! Thanks to generous donors like you, CST's home on Navy Pier is bustling with over 650 performances of internationally acclaimed productions year-round. Our award-winning education program, Team Shakespeare, positions us as a partner in literacy to Chicago Public Schools, with service that introduces 40,000 students and thousands of teachers to the Bard each year. Reflective of the global city we call home, we are the foremost producer of international theater in Chicago through our WorldStage Series, which also tours CST’s work across the globe.

Annual Fund

Over the last 30 years, donors to our annual fund have helped make a home for Shakespeare like no other. By joining this generous community of contributors, you can fully support Chicago Shakespeare's award-winning performances, nationally-recognized education programs and work from around the world.

Bard Circle

Donors of $1,000 or more are invited behind the scenes for special evenings with the artists of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Additionally, Bard Circle membership activates a VIP concierge service for ticketing and event needs. Complimentary intermission service is offered in our English Pub when you join us for a performance. Learn how you can become a member.

Shakespeare Society

Forming the foundational support for CST, the Shakespeare Society acknowledges individuals who annually pledge $25,000 or more in support of the Theater's commitment to the canon. 

Artistic Director's Circle

An esteemed group of lead sponsors form the Artistic Director's Circle, providing annual subsidy for Barbara Gaines' signature exploration of Shakespeare’s work and for curated seasons that reflect his genius for storytelling, musicality of language, epic scope and unparalleled sense of humanity.

Planned Giving

The First Folio Society is a group of magnanimous individuals who have included Chicago Shakespeare Theater in their Trust or Estate Plans. Learn more about the First Folio Society.



Ways to Give

While our Advancement department is temporarily unavailable by phone due to the current closure of Navy Pier, we encourage those able to make a contribution to do so online using the form on this webpage.

To inquire about additional ways to give, including making a gift by stock, wire transfer, or from your IRA, please contact Dottie Bris-Bois, Associate Director of Development, at



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