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Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences

​​Founded as the Goodman Children's Theatre in 1925 and recognized as a pioneer of theatre for families, Chicago Playworks welcomes more than 25,000 students and families to our highly celebrated productions each season. Today we are dedicated to reflecting our audience's experience in an urban, contemporary, and multi-racial environment.

2021-22 Chicago P​layworks for Families and Young Audiences Series

Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play
by Karen Zacarías
based on the Marvel Comics by
Will Murray & Steve Ditko
directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios                           
January 18 – February 19, 2022

Tall Enough                                                                             
by Gloria Bond Clunie
A Cunningham Commission World Premiere
directed by Chris Anthony
April 19 – May 21, 2022

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DePaul's Historic Merle Reskin Theatre

Located at 60 East Balbo Drive, this Beaux-Arts style theatre was built as the Blackstone Theatre in 1910 and designed by Chicago architects Benjamin Howard Marshall and Charles Eli Fox. To learn more about the theatre, visit this page.

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The theatre is easily accessible by public transportation. The Red, Blue, Brown, Pink, Green, Orange, and Purple lines have stops nearby, and multiple bus routes serve the theatre.

There are several parking lots near the theatre, including LAZ Public Parking at 1 E. 8th Street, and Multipark at 635 S. Wabash Avenue. For parking rates and additional information, visit our Parking & Directions page.

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Michelle Lopez-Rios
"Calling all Marvel fans, roller coaster thrill seekers, and lovers of
 great stories! With safety precautions in place, we are thrilled to invite you back to the Merle Reskin Theatre. Our stories of friendship, bravery, and facing our fears celebrate the incredible resilience of young people. We could not be more excited to come together again to laugh, learn, and dream about our future."