Chicago Stories

Diverse. Vibrant. Teeming with stories. This is Chicago. Okay?

Lookingglass Theatre has called Big Shoulders home for over three decades. And as life is a process of perpetual self-discovery, we’re making this moment in the company’s life to find out who we are now. The Chicago Stories initiative will feature COVID-considerate events/expressions that plumb the depth of Chicago’s history and people, while inventing new Chicago traditions to carry us forward…together. 


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Past Events

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As our next offering in the Chicago Stories initiative, Lookingglass invites audiences to revisit a largely unknown piece of history that unfolded in the heart of the city. On the evening of Thursday, August 20 at 5PM CT, you’re invited to a free online public fundraiser of our acclaimed production of Eastland: An Original Musical in support of Lookingglass Theatre Company. After the show, join creative team members Andrew White, Ben Sussman, and Andre Pluess for a post-show conversation. Since Eastland premiered on our stage in 2012, our audiences have consistently expressed their desire to see this cathartic show again. We are honored to revive, for 24 hours only, this original musical about Chicagoans facing an historic challenge with tenacity, bravery, and hope.
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A spoken word piece performed and penned by Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks. A musical selection from composer and cornetist Ben LaMar Gay. A choreographed movement piece featuring artist Adeoye. Directed by Artistic Associate Wendy Mateo and Lorena Diaz.

Lead Sponsors

Matching Challenge Sponsor

Mary Jo and Doug Basler

Consortium Sponsors

Doug Brown and Rachel Kraft

Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee Colbert

Marc and Lori Ann Gerdisch

Laura Jones Hunt and Richard Hunt


Lisa and Curt Bailey

Leigh and Henry Bienen

Jeremy Kaufman and Vered Hankin Kaufman

Lizzy and Josh Scheinfeld
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