Welcome to the Belmont Theater District!

Chicago’s Largest Theater District




Use our 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 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 2019 IS THE YEAR OF CHICAGO THEATRE. This citywide, year-long focus on theater will the first of its kind in the nation. Chicago theatre is the FEARLESS SOUL of Chicago — from joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago’s exceptional community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts provide exhilarating experiences that make audiences come alive. Watch This Space for more details about exciting events and opportunities in the world of Chicago theater. Celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre in Chicago’s Largest Theater District, the Belmont Theater District. #2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre


Chicago On Stage’s Top Acting Performances of 2018 give top billing to Elaine Carlson (MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, Promethean Theatre); Sheldon Brown (THIS BITTER EARTH, About Face Theatre); Jennifer Engstrom (WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE EATING SALAD, Theater Wit); and Theo Germaine (BOY, Timeline Theatre).

Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones calls says TimeLine Theatre’s A SHAYNA MAIDEL is One of 5 Chicago Shows Not To Miss. Extended for a 2nd time, this show MUST close Dec 16th! TimeLineTheatre.com

New City calls Otherworld Theatre’s family friendly fairytale THE WINTER WOLF One of the Top 5 Shows to See in December! OtherworldTheatre.org




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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