Chicago Theatre: ATHENAEUM THEATRE (Summer Season)

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by Paulanne Simmons on July 2, 2021

in Theater-Chicago


Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago’s oldest continuously operating Off-Loop theatre is back, with something for everyone: from comedy to theatre for all ages, to dance, to multiple live orchestra events and more.

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave
for tickets and info, visit Athenaeum or call 773.935.6875 Monday-Friday between 12 and 6pm

JULY 2021 

Skyline Studios presents Broadway Summer Camps. Photo by Skyline Studios.

Skyline Studios’ Broadway Summer Camps
Various camps for children ages 3 – 14 years old
July – August
Registration available now

Every child has the chance to shine at Skyline! With highly-trained teaching artists as camp instructors, children ages 5 – 14 will learn to sing, dance, act and perform in High School Musical, Madagascar, Jungle Book and Broadway Highlights showcases. Skyline even offers Broadway Mornings classes for budding Pre-K performers.

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's Mother Goose Lost.
Image by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre.

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre
Mother Goose Lost
All Saturdays from July 10 – 31 at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Studio Two
$12 — Tickets on sale now

Solomon Grundy confines Mother Goose to retire and takes over all the nursery rhymes. Can friends Frank, Mandy and Detective Joe Saturday find her and save the rhymes?

Opera Festival of Chicago Il Segreto di Susanna. Photo by Opera Festival of Chicago.

Opera Festival of Chicago
Il Segreto di Susanna
Saturday, July 24 at 7 and 9 p.m.
Main Stage
$15 – $75 — Tickets on sale now

The inaugural Opera Festival of Chicago opens with the Chicago premiere of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s whimsical one-act opera of suspicious jealousy, titillating scandal and happy surprises. The production, directed by Ella Marchment, features soprano Kimberly Jones as Susanna and Grammy-nominated baritone Stephen Powell as Count Gil. Emanuele Andrizzi conducts the Opera Festival of Chicago Chamber Ensemble.

Maks & Val: Stripped Down Tour. Photo by Martin Media.

Martin Media
Maks & Val: Stripped Down Tour
Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage
$39 – $69 — Tickets on sale now

After the global pandemic forced the cancellation of their highly anticipated Motion Pictures Tour, the Chmerkovskiy brothers took time to reflect and rethink how to inspire & entertain in our rapidly-changing world.

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy

Enter Stripped Down, a unique experience that will bring you closer to the boys than ever before. They have created an intimate evening packed with breathtaking dancing, deeply personal storytelling and world class showmanship true to the Chmerkovskiy name. Maks and Val will have you laughing, crying, then laughing again in an up close and personal show, sharing their most revealing stories like only they can. Genuine and heartwarming, this show promises to take your emotions for a ride, and have you smiling on the drive back. It couldn’t come at a better time, and you won’t want to miss it.

AUGUST 2021 

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Image by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre.

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 
All Saturdays from August 7 – 28 at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Studio Two
$12 — Tickets on sale now

Young orphan Artie is taught by Merlin the importance of loyalty, honor and character. Artie becomes king, but there’s danger in the form of Morgan Le Fay and her son Mordred. Hilarious, poignant and featuring thrilling swordplay, it’s fun for kids and adults!


For more than 100 years, the Athenaeum Theatre has stood as a cornerstone in the Lakeview neighborhood. Fr. George Thomas, the pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the early 1900s, envisioned a multi-purpose social and recreation center to serve the many needs of the expanding parish. Thanks in large part to the creative vision of Fr. Thomas, and his collaboration with architect Hermann J. Gaul on this ambitious project, the Athenaeum opened at the corner of Oakdale and Southport Avenues on November 18, 1911, (on the site of the original St. Alphonsus Church). The Athenaeum’s stage has seen almost every form of the arts on its famous stage including comedians, dance companies, politicians, spoken word, theatre companies and others.

Since 2011, Athenaeum Theatre Productions has managed the 66,000-square foot building providing affordable space for the arts, educational and social service communities. The building houses four performance spaces, offices for not for profit performing arts groups, rehearsal rooms, as well as a gymnasium. As Chicago’s longest operating off-Loop theatre, Athenaeum Theatre Productions brings vision, energy and drive to the ideal Lakeview location and has infused the Athenaeum with fresh, new energy and brought a wide and varied lineup of talent to perform on the Main Stage.

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