Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival

Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival, celebrating 67 years of Chicago’s rich storefront theater and emerging artist community. For full descriptions of the  2019 Season, Please visit

Prime time performances are Tuesday-Friday at 7:00 pm and Thursday matinees at 2:00 pm (except where noted).

The 2019 Season

June 26-28
Theater on the Lake: PROLOGUE
three days to celebrate and shape the future of performance

July 16-19
Manual Cinema’s End of TV

July 23-26th*
*Please note, there are no matinees this week
7pm Stories from 2nd Story
9pm The Grelley DuVall Show

August 13-16
The NeoFuturists’ Tangles and Plaques

August 20-23
Pegasus Theater’s Eclipsed

August 27-30
Steep Theatre’s Red Rex

For the 2019 season, all tickets will be free.  Reserve your tickets by contacting the Chicago Park District box office at (312) 742-7994 or by emailing the following information to

  • Date, Time and name of production you would like to attend:
  • Your first and last name:
  • The number of tickets desired:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email address:
  • Zip Code:

We will also reserve a select number of tickets for pick-up on the day of the show. These tickets will be available two hours before the performance time.

If there is anything we can do that allows you to fully participate in our programming, or if you have any questions or an accommodation request, please email or call the box office at (312) 742-7994.

Theater on the Lake programming is recommended for audiences ages 14 and older

Theater on the Lake: Chicago’s Summer Theater Festival’s programming is generously supported by the Andrea and James Gordon family

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