Theater on the Lake


Theater on the Lake 2017 Schedule

Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival.  Celebrating 65 years of Chicago’s rich off-Loop theater community.

Renovations are underway to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility.  So we're taking the shows on the road to Berger Park Cultural Center.  Learn more about the Theater on the Lake renovation project.

Check out the 2017 schedule below.  Tickets are on sale now.  



Tickets are now on sale.

While on the road, we are suspending subscriptions and flex passes and reducing ticket prices to $10.
Click on your preferred dates below to purchase or reserve (for the free show) your tickets online now.

Tickets will also be available on site, one hour prior to the start of the show.

For questions or if you need assistance, please leave a detailed message at (312) 742-7994, and our box office manager will return your call within 24 hours.

For patrons with special needs, please leave a message with the box office to coordinate parking.


The Hypocrites present You on the Moors, Now

Show 1: June 28 – July 2 & July 5-9

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
The Hypocrites present You on the Moors, Now
Written by: Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by: Devon deMayo

This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th-century novels of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, in a mythical place of Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. The men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus’ ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.

Admission is $10

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Wed 6/28 Th 6/29 Fr 6/30 Sa 7/1 Su 7/2 Wed 7/5 Th 7/6 Fr 7/7 Sa 7/8 Su 7/9

The Blind Owl presents dirty butterfly

Show 2: July 12 - 16 & July 19 - 23

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
The Blind Owl presents dirty butterfly
Co-produced by: Halcyon Theatre
Written by: debbie tucker green
Directed by: Azar Kazemi

Jason spends his nights with his ear pressed against the bedroom wall listening to the noises from Jo’s deeply troubled world next door. Amelia also hears into Jo’s world from her side of the wall and takes to sleeping downstairs to drown it all out. Soon all three are caught up in a blur of voyeuristic confessions and must confront the violence they cannot escape.

Admission is $10

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Wed 7/12 Th 7/13 Fr 7/14 Sa 7/15 Su 7/16 Wed 7/19 Th 7/20 Fr 7/21 Sa 7/22 Su 7/23

Aguijón Theater Company presents Romeo y Julieta

Show 3: July 26 - 30 & August 2 - 6

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
Aguijón Theater Company presents Romeo y Julieta
Written by: William Shakespeare
Translated/Adapted by: Gerardo Cárdenas
Directed by: Sándor Menéndez
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles

Romeo and Juliet’s timeless story of star-crossed love returns to Chicago with a new perspective and approach. Romeo and Juliet, universal lovers, symbols of passion and madness – their love can flourish in any time or place and plunge into tragedy with the same fire.  

Aguijón Theater invites you to see Romeo and Juliet through new eyes, to listen to their voices with fresh ears, to join with them in the mystery of mask and stage in this exciting production adapted by Gerardo Cárdenas and directed by Sándor Menéndez, featuring a diverse cast of Latino actors. 

Admission is $10

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Wed 7/26 Th 7/27 Fr 7/28 Sa 7/29 Su 7/30 Wed 8/2 Th 8/3 Fr 8/4 Sa 8/5 Su 8/6

First Floor Theater presents peerless

Show 4: August 9 - 13 & August 16 - 20

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
First Floor Theater presents peerless
Written by: Jiehae Park
Directed by: Hutch Pimentel

In an ordinary Midwestern high school, twin sisters M and L are competitive with everyone—except each other. When the failsafe combination of perfect academics, killer extracurriculars, and calculated self-identification fails to impress The College’s early decision admissions board, they hatch a sinister Plan B to secure their future. 

PEERLESS is a blisteringly funny new riff on Shakespeare’s Macbeth about the unbreakable bond between sisters whose vaulting ambition will not be deferred at any cost.

Admission is $10

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Wed 8/9 Th 8/10 Fr 8/11 Sa 8/12 Su 8/13 Wed 8/16 Th 8/17 Fr 8/18 Sa 8/19 Su 8/20


Show 5: August 28 at 7:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Staged Reading:  Felons and Familias
A play in progress by Sandra Delgado

In 2014 President Obama announced that in his new immigration policy "felons, not families" would be the target of deportation efforts. But what happens when these two identities intersect? A dark comedy with heightened movement, Felons and Familias is the story of a Chicago woman caught in the black hole of criminal immigration courts as she fights to remain mother and daughter in the city she calls home.
Admission to this reading is FREE. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. 
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Mon 8/28

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Theater on the Lake Box Office (June - August)
(312) 742-7994

Angelique Grandone, Managing Director

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