Building A NEW HOME
Phase 2 of Steppenwolf’s Campus, slated to open in the summer of 2021, is the construction of the new 50,000 sq. ft. building on our campus that will feature:
- An intimate 400-seat in the round theatre
- A dedicated education floor
- A bright and open two-story atrium lobby
- A wine bar and sidewalk lounge
- Steppenwolf’s costume shop and updated production amenities
The new theater is a bold, modern in-the-round space offering unparallel levels of focus on the actors and audience. Chicago doesn’t have another space like it – in fact Steppenwolf is leading a renewed charge in defining rooms where dialogue and the immediacy of the performers is paramount
– Gavin Green, Senior Partner at CharcoalBlue
Designed with the highest accessibility standards, the new theater building will be located at 1646 N Halsted between the existing parking garage (which will remain!) and the main theater building, seamlessly connecting the campus across Halsted Street. As part of this expansion phase, the lobbies of the Downstairs Theatre will also undergo major renovations to better serve audiences.
The new theatre will ultimately replace the Upstairs Theatre, which will revert back to its original purpose as two rehearsal halls, and will be the only in-the-round theatre space found in a major Chicago theatre. with 400 seats and only six rows deep, the audience will experience more closeness to the work onstage and the ensemble is thrilled to have such an artistically different space that returns the company to its roots.