Welcome back to our expanded artistic home on Halsted Street!

As guidelines are evolving on a frequent basis, so may these policies, so we ask you to please check back prior to attending to confirm current protocols.

Vaccination & Mask Policy

In these changing times, the coalition of more than 60 performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland, who came together in the fall of 2021 to create unified COVID-19 guidelines, will continue their COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for audiences. This unified COVID-19 protection protocol will be in effect until further notice and will be reviewed regularly based on the needs and comfort of our patrons, staff and artists and may be relaxed at any time. Venues, in most cases, will be requiring audience members to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination or, for those with exemptions including children, a negative test certification upon entry. Guidelines may vary by venue, so patrons should check the website of the theatre or venue prior to attendance.

Through the run of Seagull (May 8 – June 12), Steppenwolf Theatre will continue to require evidence of vaccination upon entry to our building and masks to be worn at all times within our theatres.

Patrons 5 years of age and older are required to provide proof of full vaccination, and those 16 years of age or older also need to provide a valid photo ID with proof of full vaccination. All patrons also must wear a face mask throughout their visit.

Alternatively, patrons may provide a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours or a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of the performance date.

Steppenwolf performers, backstage crew and staff are complying with vaccination requirements and testing protocols to further ensure the safety of our guests and company members.

Proof of Vaccination

Patrons will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. Early arrival is recommended, and patrons should have this information ready to present as they enter Steppenwolf, as it will be checked before tickets are scanned.

Proof of vaccination can be demonstrated by showing a vaccination card, a photo of the vaccination card, a digital record or mobile app, or printed record from a vaccination provider. (Photo ID is required for those 16 and older.)

We encourage using the free My Bindle app on your mobile devices to help expedite the entry process. It is a user-friendly app that stores your photo ID and COVID-19 vaccination proof and makes it easy to present upon entrance at the theater. To learn more about the app, go to joinbindle.com

Patrons must be fully vaccinated as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Individuals who have previously received a medical or religious exemption must show proof of the exemption and provide a negative Antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of the performance date. Testing locations (including free and nearby options) are listed on the Chicago Department of Public Health or Illinois Department of Public Health websites.

Steppenwolf accepts COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Face Mask Requirement

Patrons are required to wear face coverings upon entry into Steppenwolf, including while seated during the performance. Face coverings should be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, and meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards. Neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with exhalation valves are not accepted. Patrons arriving without appropriate face coverings will be provided a disposable face mask. In lobby spaces, all visitors must wear a face mask when not actively eating or drinking.

Food and Beverage

As part of our campus expansion, patrons will have a transformed theater-going experience with larger lobby spaces and two new bars for socializing, in addition to the popular Front Bar. The lobby bars open one hour before showtime. Food and beverages must be consumed prior to entering the theater. No beverages will be permitted inside the theater until further notice.

Venue Improvements – HVAC overhaul

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 Liz and Eric Lefkofsky 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 have undergone upgrades to allow for increased filtration and a higher percentage of circulated fresh air across all three theaters.


We have increased use of digital e-tickets, replacing paper tickets to reduce touch-points.


High-touch areas, including countertops, door handles and elevators, are cleaned and sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout Steppenwolf and can be found near all entrances to each seating area.

Risk Free Membership

Our ensemble, artists and staff share a deep appreciation for our members and are committed to offering flexible exchange policies. Should performance cancellations or postponements continue through the 2021/22 season as a result of the pandemic, we will continue to offer members the benefits of Risk Free Membership. You will always have the choice of placing the value of your tickets on-account for future use, donating your ticket value or requesting a refund.

Not feeling well? Just give us a call at 312-335-1650 and our Audience Services team will be happy to work with you to exchange your tickets for another performance. Your membership today keeps Steppenwolf alive tomorrow. Thank you.

Additional policies

Wellness: Any person who feels unwell or (a) has any COVID-19 Symptoms, (b) has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days, or (c) has had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 agrees not to come to Steppenwolf. Please call our Audience Services team at 312-335-1650 where we will be happy to work with you to reschedule your tickets.

Risk: Attendees understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending Steppenwolf events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Compliance: All Steppenwolf attendees must follow all health and safety procedures and signage posted while at Steppenwolf events. Steppenwolf reserves the right to require visitors who do not follow our guidelines to leave an event immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff or volunteers may also be asked to leave.

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.