Founded in 1988, Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. Lookingglass has staged more than 50 world premieres at 23 venues across Chicago, and garnered 39 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations. Lookingglass Originals have toured to New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Princeton, Hartford and St. Louis. The Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago's landmark Water Tower Water Works on Michigan Avenue opened in June 2003. In addition to developing and presenting ensemble work, Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, teamwork and confidence by working with thousands of students each year.To visit Lookingglass Theatre Company and other attractions in Chicago, use our Chicago itinerary planning tool.
Lookingglass Theatre Company Reviews
A masterful performance! A gritty gulp of Chicago DNA, Jane Bryne style. Chicago’s aches, pains, rights and wrongs in full display. Politics as only Chicago can do. Love and pride of neighborhood... more »
It was amazing. My 8-year-old loved it. My mother-in-law doesn't speak English but she could understand most of the show too. I loved the way they played with different scales. The tin soldier and... more »
I love this theater! They consistently have amazing set designs and a good mix of inventive adaptations and original plays. Acting is top notch with some great company members. Favorite play so far has been The Little Prince with 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas a close second. It's not a big theater and they sometimes change the seating layout to accommodate sets, but you're guaranteed to feel close to what you're watching. They make sure it's always accessible. Bar serves drinks and snacks (including hot coffee/tea). Location can't be beat either, as it's literally in the old water tower on the Mag Mile.
Great historic location to see a play. I've been a subscriber for several years now and have mostly enjoyed the shows. I especially like when some form of puppetry is included in the show. They also are experimental in the use of some of their plays, such as Act(s) of God. But I think their audience looking for something a little more traditional. Don't miss the big show of the year such as Treasure Island, Moby Dick or Frankenstein.
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