The 1700 Theatre is a casual, intimate and flexible 80-seat venue located behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks at 1700 N Halsted. It is home to our LookOut Series, which presents a wide variety of shows across genres, featuring the work of a broad spectrum of Chicago artists.

All shows in our 1700 Theatre are seated on a general admission, first-come, first-served basis when the house opens (typically 30 minutes prior to showtime). Seating might vary depending on the performance. The space is wheelchair-accessible. For additional questions about the space, please reach out to our box office at 312-335-1650.

Lobby & Amenities

The 1700 Theatre is located immediately behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks, our 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. 

By day, the café & bar space is a warm neighborhood hub serving artisanal La Colombe coffee and espresso with breakfast pastries, fresh salads and sandwiches by Goddess and the Grocer. Evening bar service features local craft beer, wine and signature cocktails, with Goddess small plates and desserts.


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.


The 1700 Theatre is located at 1700 N Halsted.