New Cafe, Bar, and Theater to take the stage at Steppenwolf

The venerable Steppenwolf Theatre, one of the most respected theatrical institutions in the country, is expanding to offer more programming and some tasty repasts. This spring they’ll not only open a new 80-seat black box theater, they’re also opening a cafe and bar with help from the equally respected Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Balena, Girl & The Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Momotaro, Swift & Sons).

“We wanted to create a space that elevates the notion of what a full theatre experience can be,” shares Anna D. Shapiro, Steppenwolf Artistic Director. “Steppenwolf is a familial environment, and for a long time we have craved a comfortable setting where our audiences, artists, staff and friends can interact—the café & bar is the perfect solution. With the addition of a flexible black box theater we’ll be able to re-connect with our roots as a company, allowing more opportunities for our ensemble to experiment as well as welcoming new artists and genres, which is all very exciting. This building promises to be a cultural destination that everyone can enjoy. We have the best team in Chicago assembled, and can’t wait to open our doors to the community.”  

Opening dates for the as-yet unnamed theater and cafe have not been announced. They’ll take over the garage space that connects to the existing theater with a door in the lobby. You can read the full press release on Steppenwolf’s site. Steppenwolf Theatre is located at 1650 N Halsted St and the new space will be at 1700 N Halsted.

Pictured (left to right): Karen Herold, founder of Studio K; Kevin Boehm, co-founder of BRG; Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf; David Schmitz, Managing Director, Steppenwolf; and Rob Katz, co-founder of BRG, the team collaborating on the development and opening of Steppenwolf’s new café & bar. Photo credit: Joel Moorman






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