Updated on April 28, 2021

For all audiences

How will the theatre-going experience change?
We are excited to welcome you back to our expanded artistic home on Halsted Street! We are currently working in partnership with the city and state on reopening safety guidelines for the performing arts and will update our website as protocols around mask regulations and social distancing requirements are confirmed for both audience members and our Audience Experience team. We are committed to ensuring your safety and comfort.

Steppenwolf has worked over the past year with our Operations team, public health advisors and HVAC consultants to prepare our facility to safely welcome you back for performances. The addition of the new Arts and Education Center has expanded the square footage of our lobbies to nearly twice the previous amount of space offered to guests. Two additional elevators and multiple stairways have also been added to our campus for ease of transition between seating levels. Our HVAC systems are undergoing upgrades to allow for increased filtration and a higher percentage of circulated fresh air across all three theaters.

What happens if social distancing ordinances impact my seats or dates?
Our greatest hope is that we welcome you back as you last visited us. However, if social distancing ordinances or capacity restraints demand otherwise, we will find comparable seats and dates to the best of our ability and communicate any changes with you in a timely manner.

Where can I find the most recent safety updates to plan my return to Steppenwolf?
Please visit this webpage for regular updates about safety protocols as set by the CDC and the City of Chicago.

For members

Are you continuing the Risk Free Membership guarantee?
Should performance cancellations or postponements continue through the 2021/22 season as a result of the pandemic, we will continue to offer audiences the choice of placing the value of your tickets on-account for future use, donating your ticket value to assist with our continued costs of virtual programming and operations or requesting a refund.

Can you help me understand my options for my on-account funds from the 2020/21 season?
We are grateful for the sustained support members like you have shown during this unprecedented time. As we welcome you back for the 2021/22 season, we invite you to continue to invest in our work through the use of the funds held on-account as a result of the past year of cancellations and postponements. On your renewal form, you will find a summary of your present on-account balance. Your options include any combination of the below:

  1. Convert these funds to a donation, supporting the theater’s ability to come back to stage on the other side of our forced closure.
  2. Apply all or a portion of these funds to your season renewal.
  3. Reactivate any portion of your on-account balance for use through August 31, 2022.

Please note that if we do not hear from you before August 31, 2021, your balance will be converted to a donation. Do not hesitate to call the box office if you have questions about your on-account balance.


  • June 30, 2021: Renewal deadline

  • September 2021: Steppenwolf NOW begins streaming with work by ensemble member Tracy Letts

  • October 2021: Comeback Celebration: Party on Halsted
    Members-only new building tours
    Members receive confirmation on seats/dates of Downstairs Theater performances
    Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ Red Folder Project begins streaming
    Steppenwolf NOW streaming with work by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney

  • November 2021: BUG returns onstage in Downstairs Theater
    Steppenwolf NOW streaming with work by ensemble member Tina Landau

  • February 2022: Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 1919 onstage
    Members receive seat assignments for Seagull in the new Round Theater

  • March 2022: King James onstage in Downstairs Theater

  • May 2022: Seagull opens Round Theater

  • June 2022: Choir Boy onstage in Downstairs Theater