LookOut, Steppenwolf's new multi-genre performance series, presents a wide variety of work coming from a diverse array of voices, emerging and established alike. Unless specified otherwise, all performances take place in Steppenwolf''s new 1700 Theatre, an intimate 80 seat cabaret-style venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.

The Infinite Wrench
Presented by the Neo-Futurists
Featuring accessible services for people with disabilities
Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3

The Neo-Futurists are proud to present two performances of this ever-changing show featuring accessible services for people with disabilities. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing the performance on Friday, June 2 will feature Open Captioning and ASL Interpretation; for people who are blind or have low vision, the performance on Saturday, June 3 will feature Audio Description and a pre-performance Touch Tour.

You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE
Wednesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 14
Wednesday, June 21

At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh—and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves, and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?

The Dilettantes Presents: Science Night
Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10

The Dilettantes’ ever-changing live interactive game show returns to LookOut to invite audience members to experience what it means to be a scientist on the cusp of glory… or failure.

SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show
Thursday June 15

Let’s be frank: Comedy has a ways to go when it comes to making space for diverse voices and bodies. SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show is a showcase of stand ups of color and LGBTQI comedians. All are welcome, Shade is mandatory

An Evening with Bethany Thomas & Friends
Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17

Join critically acclaimed performer and Jeff Award-winning actress Bethany Thomas for an acoustic, genre-spanning set of old favorites, originals, and one-night-only treats.

Erik & Jessie and Everyone You Know Variety Show 
Monday, June 19

Local actor/musicians Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher return to LookOut to present their updated variant of the classic variety hour: Original music, special guests, comedy, magic, improv, and ephemera along with the tightest country, soul band in the land. Fast-paced, fun, funky and fresh.

SCOUT presents a reading of La Ruta by Isaac Gomez
Thursday, June 22
Free, Reservation Required

The desert is hiding many secrets…some of them buried in the sand. Inspired by the unsolved murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, this play with music examines a community of women attempting to live in the wake of unspeakable loss. Steppenwolf ensemble member Sandra Marquez directs this reading.

An Evening with the Fergus Daly Band and the Lonely Belles
Saturday, June 24

The Fergus Daly Band combines unmatched lyrical content with bursting, electric musicianship that creates an undeniably rich musical experience. The Lonely Belles open.

WERKSHOP featuring music from Erick Deshaun Dorris 
Monday, June 26

Join the LookOut series for WERKSHOP, a one of a kind musical experience, in which musicians and singers create multiple versions of songs composed by Erick Deshaun Dorris.

How To Be A Rock Critic
(Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs)
By Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen
Thursday, July 6 – Saturday, July 22

Gonzo journalist, America’s greatest rock critic and inventor of the word “punk,” legendary music writer Lester Bangs was an American icon. This solo play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen adapts Lester’s own writing to chart the life, work and death of one of the 20th century’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking, pioneering voices.

Standup Shakespeare: A Concert Reading
July 17, 2017
benefiting Steppenwolf
Words by William Shakespeare
Music by Ray Leslee
Book by Kenneth Welsh

Standup Shakespeare sets the timeless language of the Bard to the exciting rhythms of jazz, baroque, samba and gospel-rock original music. A fractured love story is performed by a modern-day Fool (Steppenwolf co-founder Jeff Perry) and Broadway legends Norm Lewis and Alice Ripley in this concert reading.

WE HERE: Growing Concerns Poetry Collective Record Release
Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5

Celebrating the release of their inaugural recording WE HERE, Mykele Deville, McKenzie Chinn, and Jeff Austin share the genre-defying work they have created and performed throughout Chicago since coming together at the start of 2017.

Barbecue by Robert O’Hara
Presented by the Strawdog Theatre Company
A LookOut Visiting Company
Directed by Damon Kiely 
Starting August 17

A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality. The Chicago premiere of Barbecue will have you laughing out loud and questioning how it’s true that in America, you sometimes taze the ones you love.