Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

The Apollo Theater (no relation to New York City's Apollo Theatre) located in the heart of Chicago's fashionable Lincoln Park neighborhood, has built a prestigious reputation. Built in 1978 by theatre producers Jason Brett and Stuart Oken and twice renovated, the Apollo boasts a dramatic glass and concrete design conceived by Chicagoan Michael Lustig. With a three-quarter thrust stage, the theatre includes 440 plush seats configured in just eleven rows, allowing audiences a theatrical experience unparalleled in intimacy and accessibility.


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Apollo Theater

Specialty: Intimate Live Theatre
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Box Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Parking: Valet - $10.00, Parking lots are within walking distance
ADA: Yes

General Info

The Apollo Theater has a rich theatrical history. For its inaugural engagement, producers Oken and Brett chose Albert Innaurato's Gemini, which featured the production's original Broadway director, Peter Schifter. David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago became a smash hit at the Apollo, starring Jim Belushi in his dramatic stage debut and directed by former Second City artistic director Sheldon Patinkin.

Long-running productions include Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, Steel Magnolias, and Pump Boys and Dinettes, which set a Chicago longevity record for a musical by running five years.

The Apollo Theater has also played home to many productions by the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, including Balm in Gilead with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, Cloud Nine, Secret Rapture, Harvey, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, and Sam Shepard's True West.