The 1700 Theatre is our newest theater, a casual, intimate and flexible 80-seat theater 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.

Lobby & Amenities

The 1700 Theatre is located immediately behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks, our new 2,500 square ft. café & bar. More than a lobby space, Front Bar is a creative space where guests can grab a drink, have a bite, or meet up with friends and collaborators, day or night. With consultation from Steppenwolf’s friends and neighbors, Boka Restaurant Group (BRG), the café & bar space is a warm neighborhood hub serving artisanal coffee, espresso and tea by La Colombe by day while gradually moving to traditional bar service for the evening hours. A special bonus is the menu curated by Chef Chris Pandel of Swift & Sons and Balena.


The 1700 Theater was created to be a casual, intimate and flexible space presenting a wide variety of genres and shows, from dance to live music to spoken word and beyond. The diverse programming provides current and new audience members with a variety of multidisciplinary cultural experiences with the added Steppenwolf stamp of approval.

"Steppenwolf started as a group of friends performing risk-taking work in a small basement space in Highland Park. This new theater space echoes those beginnings, providing opportunities for our ensemble members to experiment in a black box setting without the pressure and restrictions of a mainstage run. It also opens the door to new, diverse artists, companies and a variety of performance styles, in turn welcoming new audiences into our home," shares Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro.

With the new black box, the 80-seat Garage Theatre transitions to an event and rehearsal space. The new theater allows Steppenwolf to expand on the mission and programming of the Garage Theatre, presenting a wider representation of voices, including visiting companies and a mix of local and national artists.


The 1700 Theatre is located at 1700 N Halsted.