Welcome to the Belmont Theater District!

Chicago’s Largest Theater District


The Belmont Theater District is THRILLED to be an Event Sponsor of next week’s Key Magazine’s exciting Performing Arts Showcase, which will put the best of Chicago theater in front of hotel Concierges, Guest Service Staff and Group Sales professionals … to better connect visitors to our fair city to the theater that is Chicago Fearless Soul. If you are planning on attending, you won’t be able to miss the Belmont Theater District section — with 13 participating BTD theater partners.


THANK YOU to everyone who attended a show during Chicago Theatre Week 2019!
Continue your #chitheatre adventures in Chicago’s largest theater district the Belmont Theater District! #CTW19 #2019isYOCT

Use the BTD’s What’s Playing Now calendar to find the Perfect Show from the 150+ shows playing EVERY WEEK in the BTD! Award-winning, affordable and diverse theater offerings are available in the Belmont Theater District All Year Round.



The Year of Chicago Theatre is HERE
Check out this fantastic YOCT SIZZLE REEL that has already been showcased internationally – you’ll be thrilled at how many shows you know!
The Belmont Theater District is thrilled to be partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the League of Chicago Theatres to present this citywide, year-long focus on theater — the first of its kind in the nation. Celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre in the BTD – Chicago’s Largest Theater District. #2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre



Chicago Onstage says: CARDBOARD PIANO is the first great play of 2019. Timeline Theatre has begun 2019 with a show that is powerful and provocative and memorable. I would not be surprised to find … that it remains one of the brightest spots of Chicago theatre for the year.

Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones says: Director Mechelle Moe’s production has a lot to like, not the least of which is a stunner of a set from Jeffrey D. Kmiec that constructs an entire sanctuary inside TimeLine’s space.

Chicago Sun-Times says: ★★★ … CARDBOARD PIANO delivered emotional returns far beyond what I’d expected …the groundwork that Jung lays…leads to remarkable payoffs in the end… the extraordinary Martin, who is a high school senior at ChiArts, the Chicago High School for the Arts, feels like a real discovery.

Chicago Reader says: About Face Theatre’s DADA WOOF PAPA HOT is the sort of one-act show that feels like the culmination of a prestige television season: challenging and populated by richly defined characters who make arguable decisions sure to strike a multitude of different chords with different audiences.

PerformInk says: Much like seeing a romantic comedy that happens to have a same-sex central couple without making the story explicitly about that fact can feel radical by its very nature, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT centers on people who are still figuring out what it even means to have the ability to legally marry makes these discussions feel more momentous than they would if we were solely watching straight couples go through these same trials.

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones says: DADA WOOF is one of those plays that provide both some things to ponder and a good night out with friends (or maybe a spouse).

Chicago Sun-Times says: ★★★. THE REALISTIC JONESES is polished to a sublime sheen by director Jeremy Wechsler… Reiter and Ward turn minimalist dialogue into richly detailed characters… No matter what eludes you, Eno’s writing make the sense and the universal significance shine through.

Picture This Post says: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Right from the gitgo, and for the one hour and forty minutes to follow, THE REALISTIC JONESES is the fast-moving wit of playwright Will Eno’s pen that charms us.

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones says: 3 Stars. THE REALISTIC JONESES features a hefty dose of Chicago acting talent … Eno is a fascinating writer … Director Jeremy Wechsler’s production has some real strengths … I’m a big fan.

It’s a Critic’s Pick from PerformInk’s Josh Flanders for Remy Bumppo’s THE FATHER: It takes a talented writer to address issues of parental caregiving, elder abuse, and the less-pretty parts of aging that people avoid facing.

WTTW says: THE FATHER captures fractured reality of dementia to blistering effect … and works a twist that is altogether brilliant.

Remy Bumppo’s THE FATHER has been Jeff Recommended!



HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO BTD THEATER AMERICAN BLUES THEATER for sweeping the recent Equity Jeff Awards! The sensational American Blues Theater production of “BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY MUSICAL,” which enjoyed a long run at Stage 773, led the pack with FIVE Equity Jeff Awards. BUDDY was named Best Production of a Musical (Midsize).

Director Lili-Anne Brown, Music Director Michael Mahler, Ensemble, and the-one-the-only Buddy Holly himself Zachary Stevenson (Principal Actor in a Musical) also received awards for their outstanding work. Shout out to TimeLine Theatre Ensemble member Nick Bowling for winning Best Musical (Large) for his RAGTIME production.

Lots of BTD love to all the talented winners and nominees, especially BTD Nominees TimeLine Theatre Company, Theater Wit, Shattered Globe Theatre Company, and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company for being up for awards in performance, set design. sound design, costume design, and projection design. Read more



BTD IN OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO 2018: You can’t tell the history of Chicago without telling the history of Chicago Theater.

  • Lincoln Lodge offered free standup – and the chance for folks to get up at the mic and try their own hand at it.
  • Otherworld Theatre introduces their new space to OHC guests, and their mailing list reaches an all-time high.
  • Theater Wit’s backstage tour-that-never-stopped. Featured: Set of Shattered Globe Theatre’s stunning CRIME & PUNISHMENT.
  • Not featured: Laugh Factory welcomed over 200 people into their world of comedy over the 2 days of OHC.


A huge WELCOME to new members of the BTD theater-loving family from our super fun BTD Season Launch Cookout! A fantastic time was had by all – from tasty treats & drinkable drinks to live entertainment from BTD Theaters. If you missed Eclectic’s Disney cabaret, Otherworld’s lightsaber duel, outstanding standup from Laugh Factory – or you just want all the season info and ticket offers from Shattered Globe Theatre, The Playground Theater, and Remy Bumppo … don’t forget that BTDChicago.com is Your Ultimate Guide to Chicago’s Largest Theater District!




We loved seeing all you theater fans at the Pride Parade, the Belmont Sheffield Music Fest, Lakeview East’s Festival of the Arts, and Lakeview’s Taco Fest — where you got info about the 100’s of shows on offer every week in the BTD along with ticket deals, meet-n-greets w/artists, insider theater info and more. See everyone on the streets of the BTD next year!


Next time you are in the Belmont Theater District … LOOK UP! We are beyond excited to see the amazing work of Theater Wit, Shattered Globe Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Co and Annoyance Theatre & Bar representing the 20+ BTD theaters and the amazing wealth and breadth of theater to be found in the BTD. All hail Lakeview East and Lakeview Chambers of Commerce, who made this wonderful promotion possible!








Theater Wit’s “The Antelope Party” by Eric John Meyer, featuring performer Edward Mawere.
Timeline Theatre Company’s “In The Next Room, or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mechelle Moe, 2017, featuring performer Rochelle Therrien. Photo Credit: Lara Goetsch.
Annoyance Theatre & Bar’s “Bite Size Broadway”, featuring performers Jordan Wilson and Evan Mills. Photo Credit: Smart Yeti Creative Agency.
Shattered Globe Theatre’s “The Heavens Are Hung in Black” by James Still. Larry Grimm played Abraham Lincoln. Photo Credit: Joe Martinez.


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