As we come together in-person at the Theater, our first priority remains the health and wellness of audiences, artists, theater staff, and the communities we serve. Chicago Shakespeare is part of a coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues across Chicagoland—including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Chicago, and more—in implementing unified COVID‑19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances. All Chicago Shakespeare performers, backstage crew and staff are also complying with vaccination requirements and testing protocols.

Our policies as of January 3, 2022:

Proof of vaccination OR negative test
Proof of vaccination
Wear a mask
Wear a mask
Flexible ticket exchanges
Flexible ticket
Options for touchless transactions
Options for touchless
Upgraded sanitation procedures
Upgraded sanitation
Improved HVAC and air filtration
Improved HVAC
and air filtration


Every audience member attending Chicago Shakespeare performances—including ALL children—must: 

  • Show proof of vaccination (displayed either on a smartphone or a physical copy):
    • Patrons ages 12 and older will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine and must show proof of vaccination and photo ID at the time of entry with their valid ticket. The performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID‑19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Present a current Photo ID
  • Wear a mask: All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will need to wear a face covering throughout their time at Chicago Shakespeare, including the duration of the performance.

Additional measures in place at Chicago Shakespeare Theater:

  • E-tickets: Digital tickets will be delivered to you by email to facilitate contactless entry into the Theater.
  • Options for touchless transactions: Our Box Office and concessions will provide you with seamless and efficient interactions during your visit.
  • Flexible ticket exchanges: Any person who feels unwell, is exhibiting any COVID‑19 symptoms, or has had a positive COVID‑19 test in the past 10 days should stay home. We will happily work with you to reschedule your tickets. Submit your request for a new date at, or contact our Box Office at 312.595.5600 during regular business hours.
  • Upgraded sanitation procedures: We continue to practice CDC-recommended cleaning procedures in the Theater’s spaces, including the use of electrostatic sprayers for disinfecting. We have upgraded touchless fixtures and added hand-sanitizing stations in audience areas.
  • Improved HVAC and air filtration: The Theater’s state-of-the-art ventilation systems have been thoroughly cleaned and tested for maximum efficiency. Upgraded air filters have been installed, and airflow has been shifted to increase the circulation of fresh air.

And remember...

Theatergoers understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID‑19 in any public place where people are present. Those attending Chicago Shakespeare performances and events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID‑19.

All Chicago Shakespeare Theater attendees agree to follow all health and safety procedures and posted signage. The Theater reserves the right to require visitors who do not follow our guidelines to leave an event immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff or artists may also be asked to leave. 

All policies are subject to change based on evolving guidance from the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the CDC. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding. 


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