2936 N Southport Avenue
The Athenaeum Theatre promotes the arts, arts education and adds to it's century old heritage by sharing the various public spaces of the historic Athenaeum Theatre building.
We offer performing, rehearsal, reception and office spaces to arts and educational organizations at affordable, below market rates.
We cultivate relationships with arts organizations and through outreach to the local community of artists and arts administrators to interact, share ideas and offer mutual support.
We serve as a cultural resource and a forum for new and established arts groups and audiences both in the Lakeview neighborhood and the greater Chicago area.
A unique performance complex, the Athenaeum Theatre is located at 2936 North Southport Avenue between Wellington and Oakdale in Chicago in the Lakeview neighborhood north of the Loop. The theatre opened in 1911 as part of the large campus of the St. Alphonsus Parish, and has a continuous history dedicated to serving the arts community. The Athenaeum Theatre has a main stage theatre which seats 984 people and also has three studio theatres seating 67, 81 and 89 people. On the main floor there is a spacious lobby and a food and drink concession in the Curtain Call Club. The theatre is convenient to public transportation and to the many restaurants, shops and cultural groups in the vibrant Lakeview neighborhood. There are two metered parking lots, one at the corner of Oakdale and Southport and the other on Oakdale just behind the theatre building. Street parking is also available.
It is our mission to make affordable performance and office space available to to any size non-profit organization, with theatres ranging in size from 67 to 984 seats and office space ranging from a desk in a shared space up to full office suites. For rental information, please call our offices at 773-935-6860.