When 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 joins a coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues across Chicagoland—including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Chicago, The Second City, and more—in implementing unified COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances through the end of 2021. In alignment with our industry colleagues, all Chicago Shakespeare performers, backstage crew and staff will comply with vaccination requirements and testing protocols to further ensure the well-being of all guests and company members.
Our policies as of October 11, 2021:
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- Proof of vaccination OR negative test (displayed either on a smartphone or a physical copy): Patrons will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine in order to attend an indoor performance and must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means 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. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated—including all children under the age of 12—must alternatively provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a testing facility, including negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. At-home tests will not be accepted.
- 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.
- 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 14 days should stay home. We will happily work with you to reschedule your tickets. Submit your request for a new date at chicagoshakes.com/exchange, 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.
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 as we navigate our return to in-person programming.