Where great acting meets big ideas

The innovative use of the three Steppenwolf performance spaces provides exciting artistic opportunities for Steppenwolf.

The Steppenwolf Downstairs Theater presents world premiere productions and fresh interpretations of classic and contemporary plays in its state-of-the-art 515-seat theater.

The Steppenwolf Upstairs Theater is a 299-seat theater that reflects Steppenwolf's commitment to the intimacy of the actor-audience relationship. The driving artistic purpose of presenting productions in the Upstairs Theater is to provide audiences with a more intimate theatrical experience.

The 1700 Theater is our newest theater, a casual, intimate and flexible 80-seat space dedicated to showcasing the work of our ensemble and emerging local theater companies. The 1700 Theater is also home to LookOut, our performance series presenting a wide variety of genres and shows, from dance to live music to spoken word and beyond.

During the Fall of 2021, our intimate, 400 seat theater-in-the-round, only six rows deep and with no audience member more than 20 feet from stage, will open to the public. The new theater will ultimately replace the Upstairs Theater and will be the only in-the-round theater space found in a major Chicago theater.