LookOut is Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. Emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends.

Unless specified otherwise, all performances take place in Steppenwolf''s 1700 Theatre, an intimate and flexible 80 seat venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.

Monday, February 26 & Tuesday, February 27 
Meghan MurphyDanni Smith, & Cassie Slater are three giants (literally they're all 5'10+) in the musical theatre world. Here, they join forces to sing about the sweet release of a well-timed belly laugh and the life affirming power of a new found friendship. 

Patti LuPone with Seth Rudetsky
Monday March 5
6:30pm & 9pm

Two-time Tony and Grammy award winner Patti LuPone performs at Steppenwolf for one night only alongside Sirius XM Radio host and creator/star of Broadway's Disaster! Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

SHADE: An Actually Diverse Comedy Show Presents
Friday, March 23
Just in time for women’s history month, join Chicago’s best women and LGBTQIA comedians for a fun night celebrating the impending dismantling of the patriarchy. #TimesUp #DrinkUp
Haven Theatre Presents
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Josh Sobel
Monday Nights, March 26 – April 16
A singer takes the stage, backed by her rock-band compatriots, to share Young Jean Lee's life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: "we're gonna die."
Sunday, April 1; Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4
Malcolm London comes to Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre to close out his Right Away Series music tour. London calls this project “a note on self-discovery; a compilation of love poems, political commentary & emotional turmoil.” Join us for a night at the intersection of music, poems & social justice.
Friday, April 6
9 pm
Join Chicago's only late-night talk-show news-alternative for its triumphant return to Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre for an evening of live music, performances, interviews, and prizes! Get your tickets early for what many smart people are telling us is sure to be the #BESTEVENINGEVER!
Written and Directed by Katie Cappiello
Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm
Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm 
Thursday, April 12 at 1pm 
Thursday, April 12 at 7pm
$25 General, $15 Students
Born from conversations with teenage boys, Now That We're Men lays bare what’s happening in high schools across the country. Their unfiltered stories— of sex, power, consent, porn, manning up and getting girls (or maybe boys...)— come straight from the mouths of these guys, as they are figuring out what it means to be a man.
Saturday, April 14
"Radioman" explores the journey of a great band that never became great. An evening of original music by Tim Frank and other select members of Band Called Catch.
The Yard Presents
by the United States Theatre Project 
Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch
Conceived by PJ Paparelli
Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 26
$10 - $25
columbinus, a docu-drama, explores the cultural and personal pathologies that gave rise to the horrific events in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, when two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, killing a dozen students and a teacher before killing themselves.
Monday, May 7
Erik and Jessie and Everyone You Know proudly presents: The Best of the Best Band Ever Band. Everyone’s favorite house band, led by Erik Hellman, performs some of the best material from the past year of Variety Shows with special guests.
B.A.P.S. Comedy Presents
Written and Created by Adrienne Brandyburg, Adrienne Brown & Jillian Ebanks
Sunday, May 20
Fine Wine & Almost on Time - A melanin infused sketch show filled with fine ass melinated women telling melinated jokes.
An evening of staged plays readings, written and directed by Midwest Asian American theatre artists
Monday, May 21
The Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented on stage. “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” is a staged play reading series curated by Mia Park and produced by Asian Improv Arts Midwest’s AA Arts Incubator that intends to provide inspiration, space, and audiences for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors. 

LookOut Inquiries

The LookOut team is always interested in seeing new work and meeting artists; inquiries and invitations to see work are welcome and can be directed to lookout@steppenwolf.org. As a multidisciplinary performance series, we are primarily interested in extant work. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited full-length scripts.