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September 7, 2023 | Opportunities, events, and resources for League members

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League Updates & Upcoming Events

Gala Time Capsule Request

The League of Chicago Theatres annual gala returns this fall. On September 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm at The AmazingSpace: 625 W. Adams, Chicago IL 60601, we will celebrate the rich legacy of Chicago theatre. This year's gala is a celebration of the Chicago theatre community’s resilience! Together, we will raise awareness and financial support for the League's programs which uplift Chicagoland's more than 200-member theatre companies.

For this year’s gala we would like to honor the work of colleagues on our production teams through a special Chicago Theatre Time Capsule display during the annual gala celebration. We are currently seeking costumes, props, puppets, sketches, designs, and general memorabilia from significant productions on your stages that we can bring into our time capsule of Chicago Theatre for the night.

These time capsule pieces will be displayed throughout the evening in a special room with credit to the designer and company and returned by Friday, September 22, 2023. Please respond to this email to contribute to this special event.

Announcing the League of Chicago Theatres’ New Spotlight Ticketing Initiative


The League of Chicago Theatres is proud to announce the Spotlight Ticketing Initiative. A pilot program designed to make our annual gala more equitable and accessible to all members of the Chicagoland Theatre Community. Our generous gala sponsors have joined forces this year to support this cause. They have kindly donated some of their gala tickets back to the organization. These donated tickets will be available to members of the Chicagoland theatre community. 


Members of the Chicagoland theatre community can sign up online to be added to the waitlist. Tickets are 100% FREE. Participants will be notified by September 15. For additional information, please contact [email protected]


Sign-up today for the Spotlight Ticketing Initiative via our form

Hot Off the Press: Fall Theatre Guides


The League’s annual Fall Theatre Guides are fresh off the press and available for pick up at the League office or from Hot Tix at Block 37. Contact [email protected] if you need a specific quantity, want to make special pickup arrangements, or would like to display Fall Theatre Guides at your venue but are unable to pick up from our downtown offices. A digital version of this year’s Fall Theatre Guide can be found online here

Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along

The League of Chicago Theatres is looking for representatives to participate in the Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along taking place on December 15th from 6-7pm. If you are interested in participating, or have a show that you would like to promote through a sing-along song, please email Tony Bondoc, Director of Programs at [email protected].

TCG Crisis & Chrysalis Town Hall

On September 11th from 2-4pm EST, TCG is hosting a 2023 Crisis & Chrysalis Town Hall. This emergent conversation will acknowledge the crises, share what’s working, and chart a path forward. TCG will begin by sharing the findings from their 2023 Compounding Crises Snapshot Survey and related research. They will also share their plan to respond to these various crises and welcome feedback. Then, a facilitated emergent conversation will invite participants to speak on the challenges of this moment—and their solutions-oriented visions for how to move forward. Learn more here.

Arts in the Dark 2023

Join the League and dozens of other Chicago arts organizations for the 9th Annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 21st from 6-8pm on State Street moving south from Lake to Van Buren. Arts in the Dark is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. The parade has been recognized as one of the top 6 Halloween events in the world – so don’t miss your chance to experience the magic this fall! You will be dazzled by music, dance, spectacle puppets, creative floats and more! Learn more here. Follow this link to participate.

Congo Square Cookout + Industry Night

You are Invited to a Cookout + Industry Night Performance of Congo Square's rolling world premiere of Inda Craig-Galván's WELCOME TO MATTESON! September 28, 2023 starting at 5:30pm at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus - Abbott Hall Wirtz Theatre, 710 N DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Tickets are subject to availability. Learn more here.

Meet & Greet with Marissa: Theo Industry Night

Theo is partnering with the League of Chicago Theatres for our first Meet & Greet of the 23-24 year on October 5, 2023 at 6pm! We’re putting together another series of meet and greets across the city and suburbs to give League members and associated artists a chance to network and connect with each other, League staff, and Executive Director, Marissa Lynn Ford. Learn more here.

Update Your Contact Info!

Please submit your organization's Artistic and/or Executive Director, Business Manager, as well as any other contacts you would like added or taken off of our Broadcast list. You can update all information here.

If you have a submission, question, or suggestion, please use this entry form or contact our Membership Manager, Kara Jackson

Community Announcements

The Cook County Small Business Source proudly introduces The 2023 Source Grant, which will provide $40 Million in grants to small businesses to help stabilize operations, foster recovery and resiliency, and advance equity in a post-pandemic economy. Applications are now open and applicants will be notified of their application status by November 2023, and grant awards will be distributed in January 2024. Learn more and apply HERE.

The Sarah Siddons Society is proud to expand on its mission to further support the professional growth of the next generation of Chicago area theatre artists. This year is the inaugural offering of ten Professional Development Grants of $500 each to emerging theatre artist professionals. The purpose of these grants is to provide some financial assistance, at the discretion of the grantee, to assist in their professional development such as voice lessons, further training or headshots. While there is no age requirement associated with these grants, priority will be given to those beginning their careers. Grants applications are currently being accepted through September 1, 2023 online HERE. Recipients will be notified by November 1, 2023. For additional information, e-mail [email protected] or call (312) 396-1977.

Lawyer's for the Creative Arts is hosting a Sexual Harassment Prevention & Bystander Intervention Training for Supervisors & Employers on Friday, December 8, 2023 from 1-4pm CT via Zoom. Lawyers for the Creative Arts wants to make sure that every arts organization with one or more Chicago employees is in compliance and has a clear understanding of their responsibilities under the new law. This training will satisfy the annual training requirement for Chicago Employers and includes the two hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors and managers and one hour Bystander Training for all employees, plus a Q & A session at the end. Learn more here.

Send Us Your Community Announcements!

If you have a submission, question, or suggestion, please use this entry form or contact our Membership Manager, Kara Jackson

Featured Business Affiliate

Falcon Paymasters is a fully compliant legal employer-of-record throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 1995, we have specialized in Entertainment Payroll and Equity/Theater Payroll. We continue to grow and now have service centers in Chicago, St. Louis, and Columbus. Contact Falcon Paymasters to discover why Falcon leads in service, technology and client satisfaction!

View the full list of League Business Affiliates here.

League Resources & Helpful Links

Post Your Shows on ChicagoPlays.com

Post all of your upcoming shows on ChicagoPlays.com to be featured on our patron facing website, social media platforms, seasonal theatre guides, “ChicagoPlays Extra” emails, and more. 

Sell Discount Tickets on HotTix.org

Grow your audience by offering discount tickets through Hot Tix. Your performances will be featured on the Hot Tix website, social media platforms, and included in email blasts to a large list of loyal subscribers. Contact Hot Tix for more information on how to take advantage of this service.

SmarTix Free Student Tickets Program

Send us your show information and we will email a large list of Chicago area college students a complementary email invitation to select performances at your theatre. Contact Kara Jackson if you are interested in taking advantage of this program.

View/Post Industry Offers

Go to our Industry Ticket Offers page to see all current available offers. Current offers posted from Northlight Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Artemisia Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Subtext Studio TC, Theo, Refracted Theatre Company, and the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. To add your industry offers to our website, use this form, or contact Kara Jackson.

Review the Opening Night & Gala Calendar

Our opening night & gala calendar is the go-to information source for press outlets, critics, and theatres across the city. Make sure that you check this calendar before planning your press openings or galas and add them to this calendar as soon as they are scheduled. Use this form to submit your press opening or gala performance information or contact Kara Jackson with any questions.

Add Performances to the Access Calendar

Make sure to enter the dates for your upcoming access performances when you submit your shows to ChicagoPlays.com. These performances are compiled and searchable on our Access Calendar. If you have any questions, contact Kara Jackson.

Featured Job Openings

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Professional Development Opportunities

9/12/23: Webinar: Financial Planning for Nonprofits - Lawyer's for the Creative Arts

9/21/23: Public Policy Thursdays: The IL State Treasurer & the Nonprofit Sector: Public-Private Partnership Series - Forefront

9/27/23: Webinar: Demystifying Fundraising & Designing Inclusive Fundraising Practices - Arts & Business Council of Chicago

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