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Where the skyline, the lakefront, and world-class theaters meet

Entertain with the best views of Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Our space can accommodate a wide range of events, including dinners, receptions, parties, workshops, meetings, and creative events. The Theater has five floors of space available that can accommodate groups as small as 10 for an intimate dinner and larger events up to 700, including space for event support and catering staff. We offer a variety of “value-added” programs on-site including discount tickets, intermission drink service, and special pre- or post-show events.

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Unique spaces to suit your entertaining needs in all seasons

Bouquet of colorful flowers in a silver vase on a table with a black and white striped tablecloth, with the Chicago skyline in the background.

Skyline Room

Seated: 150 • Standing: 250  • 2,250 Sq Ft

Unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and the lakefront provide a dramatic backdrop for any occasion, whether a dinner, a reception, or perhaps a meeting or workshop. You’ll also have access to the private outdoor Skyline Terrace, perfect for private viewing of Navy Pier events, including fireworks and The Air and Water Show.


Top floor indoor event space at Chicago Shakespeare with high-top tables and a portable bar with the Chicago skyline visible through large windows.

Upstairs Studio Lobby

Seated: 50 • Standing: 80

Situated on the top floor, the Upstairs Studio Lobby offers some of the best views in Chicago. It offers a spectacular setting for small gatherings. If your plans include attending a performance at Chicago Shakespeare, this is a perfect spot for a pre- or post-show reception.


Spacious building interior lobby outside the Courtyard Theater, with a triangular wooden ceiling, a second-floor balcony with black railings, and dark green carpeted flooring. Glass double doors and floral arrangement are visible.

Courtyard & Dress Circle Lobby

Seated: 200 • Standing: 500

These lobbies provide an open split level space that can accommodate receptions for up to 500 guests. Floor to ceiling windows on both levels dramatically showcase Chicago’s lakefront.

Interior hallway of The Yard with floor-to-ceiling windows, cushioned benches, polished floors, and a city skyline view of Chicago.

The Yard Lobby

Seated: 60 • Standing: 110

Built in 2017, this lobby is a horizontal two-story corridor with a wall of windows of SageGlass, creating an ideal, adjustable light filter to shape the space to your needs. The windows on the lobby’s west end reveal the elevated Navy Pier walkway and western cityscape sunsets.

A formal indoor dining setup with round tables covered in white tablecloths, surrounded by metallic chairs with white cushions, and adorned with floral centerpieces and elegant place settings.

Skewed Tower Lobby

Seated: 30 • Standing: 40

Located at the foot of the Grand Staircase in the Theater’s main lobby, this semi-private space gives your guests beautiful views of the lake and Navy Pier promenade while accommodating intimate receptions and intermission cocktails.


Black and white photo of a modern theater with tiered seating, balcony seating, and industrial-style design.

Carl and Marilynn Thoma Upstairs Studio

Theater: 180 • 4,000 Sq Ft

The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Upstairs Studio at Chicago Shakespeare is an intimate, 180-seat venue that invites audiences to engage directly with the work on stage.

Theater interior with three levels of seating, green upholstered chairs, and wooden architectural details.

Jentes Family Courtyard Theater

Theater: 500 • 11,500 Sq Ft

The Jentes Family Courtyard Theater was inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre. The 500-seat theater features a thrust stage. This configuration fosters an intimate, immediate relationship between the actors and audience.

Interior view of a large, modern multi-tiered theater from the stage, with blue cushioned chairs and warm lighting.

The Yard

Theater: 700 • 25,000 Sq Ft

A state-of-the-imagination theater, with its modern design and configuration creates a bold performance experience. Seating capacity is the theater is 700 and has some flexibility for events of various styles like seated dinners and standing receptions. More intimate events are also possible on stage in The Yard.