December 30th, 2021 | News and updates for members of the League of Chicago Theatres
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League News, Events & Resources
All of us at the League wish you a fun, safe, and happy new year. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2022.
NEW EVENT: Wrightwood 659 Private Tour
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 5:30PM

Experience one of Chicago’s Lost Theatres

You are invited to experience Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright, currently on view at Wrightwood 659. Our friends at Wrightwood 659 will be hosting us for an exclusive tour of this sold-out exhibit.

The second and third floors of the museum are dedicated to Reconstructing the Garrick: Adler and Sullivan’s Lost Masterpiece, which explores Chicago’s Garrick Theatre Building, which stood for only sixty-nine years, yet continues to resonate, far outlasting its’ physical presence.

Guests will have an opportunity to join a VIP tour of the exhibit with Co-curator and Chicago cultural historian emeritus Tim Samuelson. The event will culminate in a reception and refreshments in the museum’s stunning first floor atrium designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.

More Information & RSVP HERE.
Taking Full Advantage of Your League Membership
Led by League Staff Members
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 2pm
Virtual Event for All League Members
This brief seminar will update League members about the tools and opportunities that come with League of Chicago Theatres membership. For new and seasoned members, this is the perfect opportunity to get your questions answered and to make sure you are “Taking Full Advantage of Your League Membership.”
More Details & RSVP HERE TODAY to receive your zoom link to attend.
How to Talk to an Alderman
With Alderman Andre Vasquez
Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 @ 6pm
Little Bad Wolf Bar & Restaurant
1541 W Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

In-Person Event for Members of the Chicago Theatre Community
Join fellow League Members for a casual conversation with Alderman Andre Vasquez from the 40th Ward. Andre will talk with us about how to create meaningful partnerships with your Alderman and City Council. Now in his third year on City Council, Alderman Vasquez will share with us his ideas on how arts organizations in Chicago can advocate for space, funding, and support at the various levels of city government and we can share with him our insights into how he can expand access to the arts for his constituents.

The League will provide a round of refreshments, chips, salsa, & guacamole for attendees. After the discussion, we are welcome to stick around at our tables and order food and drink from the kitchen.

Reminder: Submit Your CTW22 Shows
The 10th annual Chicago Theatre Week will take place Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 27, 2022. This community-wide effort celebrates the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago and seeks to bring new audiences into your theatres.

There's still time to submit your CTW shows! Please complete the Show Submission Form and Promotional Commitment Form as soon as possible if you have not done so already. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to
Hot Tix Is Now Open!
Our in-person Hot Tix locations at 72 E. Randolph Street and 108 State Street inside Block 37 Shops on State are now open! View our hours for each location. Please reach out to Emily Flynn, Hot Tix Manager and Will Bruce, Assistant Manager at to offer shows for half price on Hot Tix. If you are unable to offer half-price tickets at this time, you are still welcome to send us your show fliers for display, or purchase poster space. Contact us at for more information.
Submit Your Upcoming Shows to
Whether you are announcing virtual, outdoor, or indoor performances, we want to make sure your shows can be found on To create or edit your show pages, access the Theatre Manager Login Page and use your theatre company's unique username and password. If you have questions or have trouble logging in, please contact
Utilize the Opening Night Calendar
Are your 2021/2022 press openings listed on the League's Opening Night Calendar? As theatres start to reopen, we'd like to remind everyone to make sure you check it before setting your press openings. It is beneficial to everyone in the industry for you to have accurate show information in the calendar. If your theatre has an upcoming press opening that is not currently on the Opening Night Calendar, please submit your information to
Cooperative Advertising Program
The League of Chicago Theatres’ Cooperative Advertising Program offers League members the lowest rates for advertising with various media partners across Chicago and the suburbs, including out-of home, digital, print, TV, and radio. We simplify the ad order process by taking care of your ad orders, artwork/copy submissions, and payment.
The Cooperative Advertising Program media partners recognize the hardships theatres are facing and are willing to do what they can to work with you within whatever budget you may have to promote your virtual or live performances, galas, classes, podcasts, subscriptions, and any other programming you may be offering. Many are offering special discounts and opportunities during this time.
More co-op information can be found on our website here. Please email for the password to the page and for any cooperative advertising orders or questions.
Community Announcements
Due to rescheduling, Main Stage at Chopin Theatre is available for 6 weeks (2/28/22-4/10/22) for theater or music production. Full light and sound systems, concert piano and free parking. For inquiries, call or email Lela Headd Dyrkacz 773-396-2875 or
We have learned about an opportunity for free Covid-19 testing for theatre companies from a Chicago company called the High Speed Testing Center. If you meet certain criteria (the main one being that 15+ tests will be administered per visit) the company will come to your theatre to conduct free onsite Covid-19 Rapid tests and PCR tests, either for actors and crews, or for audience members. Contact the company through their website if you are interested.
Madison Street Theater is removing their old theater seats and looking for people who may be interested in some or all of them. There are 181 total, but they can be separated into smaller sections. Seats are free but you must be able to transport them. They need to be taken the 1st week of January. Contact Lisa Green at for more info.
The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation welcomes requests from eligible small- to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations primarily serving the city of Chicago. MacArthur-Driehaus Cycle One, open now, is for organizations whose actual expenses in the most recently completed fiscal year were below $150,000. The deadline for Cycle One applications is January 18, 2022 at 6pm Central Time. First-time applicants, as well as organizations that have applied previously, are encouraged to review the 2022 guidelines. Learn more here.
Are you a theatre-maker in Chicago facing financial difficulties due to a non-health related COVID issue like losing your job or an important contract? Eligible members of the Chicago theatre community can receive up to $500 a month (renewable for 3-months), for help with costs like rent, utilities, healthcare and others. If you need help, please apply for assistance from the Malcom Ewen Fund at Season of Concern. Apply here.
Announcing The 2022 Miranda Family “Voces LatinX” National Playwriting Competition. The goals of this competition are to discover, develop, and promote Latine/Latinx plays and playwrights that explore every aspect of contemporary life from every corner of the United States including Puerto Rico, as well as histories that connect us to our homelands whether it originates in Mexican, Spanish, Caribbean, Central or South American tradition. Read more here.
The Chicago Independent Venue League has created a website they are using to let patrons know what the requirements are at each venue. They are inviting theatres to participate in this website – you can access the website here and you can sign up by filling out this form.
Madison Street Theater in Oak Park has rental availability. Find details at
The Jarvis Square Theater has rental availability in July and August 2022. Contact for rates or a tour.
8 new job postings added this week. You can find a complete listing of jobs posted on
Industry Offers
New industry ticket offers were posted this week. To view all current industry ticket offers and information, visit
Northlight Theatre is offering $20 tickets to Industry Professionals for their production of Mr. Dickens' Hat by Michael Hollinger, playing November 26 - January 2. Industry Tickets are available for all performances, subject to availability. Tickets can be purchased online with the code INDMRHAT. This offer is open to industry professionals only and ticket holders may be asked to show proof of industry affiliation (union card, headshot/resume, tech resume, business card, etc.). 2 tickets allowed per industry professional. Performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd.
Featured Business Affiliate
The Business Affiliate membership category is for businesses who serve our performing arts community and wish to support the League and our member theatres. These businesses provide important services to our community and we encourage you to look here first when you are looking for a new vendor.
Professional Development Opportunities
- Forefront

1/25/22 - William E. Rattner Nonprofit Start-up Workshop - Lawyers for the Creative Arts

10/20-22/22 - BOOT CAMP 2021: METAMORPHOSIS - Capacity Interactive
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