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Theater on the Lake


2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

(312) 742-7994
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Theater on the Lake

The newly renovated 19,000 square feet Theater on the Lake is located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, in a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline.

Renovations to Theater on the Lake will now allow for expanded programming beyond the traditional summer season and will make the lakefront a welcoming place for residents and visitors to enjoy recreational and cultural activities on Chicago’s lakefront.

Theater on the Lake’s new redesign preserves the historical aesthetics of the structure while incorporating modern elements to transform it into a versatile, multi-use, year-round venue. The Prairie-style structure designed by architect Dwight Perkins, who also fashioned the nearby Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Lion House and the North Pond Café, will now feature a new permanent stage with professional lighting and sound systems and dressing rooms. There are no permanent chairs in the facility, which allows for a flexible setup that can accommodate up to 1,500 attendees in the entire venue. In addition, those attending a live theater or music show in the 330-seat performance space will enter the facility through the newly enclosed lobby and box office.

The vast facelift also includes a restaurant with an event space, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, a full bar, outdoor seating, office space, and restrooms. The south end of the lakefront terrace will serve as a space for al fresco dining and the rest will be available for use by private event rentals.

Did you know? Reservations are now available at The Lakefront Restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. Valet parking available at convenient circle drive located at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive. To reach the Lakefront Restaurant, call (312) 414-1313.

Theater on the Lake is a unique venue in Chicago with flexible event space for groups of 25 to 1,500. From corporate events to weddings and social galas, Theater on the Lake is one of the only Lakefront event venues in the City. The fully enclosed space offers clean, open sightlines without pillars and a gorgeous view South to the skyline while overlooking Lake Michigan.  To learn more about hosting your event at this newly renovated location visit us at or contact  Jay Weidner at call (312) 763-8165.

The facility is owned by the Chicago Park District and is managed and operated by the Lakefront Hospitality Group.


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