Where great acting meets big ideas

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

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

The Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre 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 Theatre is to provide audiences with a more intimate theatrical experience.

The 1700 Theatre 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 Theatre 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 theatre-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 theatre will ultimately replace the Upstairs Theatre and will be the only in-the-round theatre space found in a major Chicago theatre.