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Upcoming Kid-Friendly Theater in Chicago (2024)

Chicago’s vibrant theater scene is a treasure trove of enchanting performances tailored specifically for young audiences. live theater in the city offers an array of experiences that cater to the entire family. Whether you’re exploring the Chicago River, marveling at the tallest buildings, or pondering life’s great questions, there’s a show for every taste and interest. Join us as we embark on a journey through Chicago’s best kid-friendly theater, where professional actors bring timeless tales to life, and audience participation is not just encouraged—it’s part of the magic.

Shows are listed in chronological order. 

A Year With Frog and Toad 

May 4-June 9, 2024 Chicago Children’s Theatre | 100 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

*Ideal for all ages. Run Time | 60 minutes

Arnold Lobel’s cherished characters leap off the pages and onto the stage in the Tony-nominated musical “A Year With Frog And Toad,” adapted from his beloved children’s book. This delightful musical follows the adventures of two best friends, the upbeat and beloved Frog, and the grumpy yet endearing Toad, as they navigate the joys and challenges of friendship throughout the four seasons.’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and grumpy, but lovable Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

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Last Stop on Market Street

May 11th-June 2nd, 2024 | Young People’s Theatre | Greenhouse Theater Center

*Ideal for ages 4+ Run Time | 60 minutes

The talented people from Young People’s Theatre of Chicago in Lincoln Park are performing a musical adaptation of the popular children’s book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson.

The story follows seven-year-old CJ exploring Nana’s unfamiliar neighborhood and finding empathy, joy, and friendship in unexpected places. 

Adapted from Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s celebrated picture book, the Newberry Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street features music and lyrics by Paris Ray Dozier and his father, Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown hits like Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and The Supremes’ “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

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Last Stop on Market Street by Young People’s Theatre

Corduroy

June 18-July 14, 2024 | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

*Ideal for ages 4+ Run Time | 60 minutes

This summer, join Corduroy on an uplifting journey! When his button goes missing, he must find it to go home with Lisa. Follow Corduroy through the department store as he searches everywhere, from escalators to towering store displays, in a fun and adventurous quest.

This 60-minute tale of friendship and belonging had its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis in 2018.

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