Allan Chambers at 773.935.6860 ext 301

(Click HERE for a seating chart.)

The main stage is available for rent year-round at affordable rates



  • Main Stage seating capacity 984 people
  • 3 studio black boxes seating 67, 81, and 89 people
  • Curtain Call Club seats 55 people ā€“ concessions, receptions and a great cabaret space


  • location — 2936 North Southport Avenue between Wellington and Oakdale in Chicago
  • in the Lakeview neighborhood
  • great restaurants with theatre discounts
  • convenient public transportation
  • two metered parking lots — at Oakdale and Southport and on Oakdale behind the theatre building
  • street parking is available


  • full box office service
  • set your own ticket prices
  • notice on the Athenaeum’s web site and in regular electronic newsletters
  • one time use of the mailing list
  • creation of a mailing list of customers attending your event
  • advertising discounts through the ART League, the League of Chicago Theatres, TheatreMania
  • concession service ā€“ wine and beer- pre show, intermission and post-show
  • full front of house provided, staff house manager and ushers for performances through The Saints

TECHNICAL AMENITIES – (updated 8/23/18)

  • 025Grid height is 41′ 9″ and the roof height is 56′ 2″
  • proscenium opening is 42′ 8″ wide by 20′ 8″ high.
  • stage dimensions: from Center to SL Wall is 44’0,” from Center to SR Wall is 44’1,” from Center to the back wall is 32’6
  • Equipped wth a Martin line array
  • Soundcraft Impact 32SI audio console
  • Equipped with an ETC Ion lighting console
  • Electrical service capacity of 400 amps tied in with sound system
  • Rep light plot ā€“ call for specs
  • Barco 14,500 lumen digital projector available for rent
  • Projection can be accommodate with house cyc or screen rental
  • Seven dressing rooms with bathrooms and 1 shower
  • Loading door is 7’5″ from the ground, opens directly onto the upstage wall, forklift rental may be needed
  • All utility costs included such as electricity, heat, and air conditioning
  • Pit cover removable for additional fee.
  • Orchestra Pit will hold 20+ based on orchestra composition
  • 2 spotlights available for rent

Please note we are constantly upgrading the Athenaeum’s performance spaces. Call to confirm you have the most up to date specs.

For Technical inquiries only, contact:
Kevin Scott Technical Director, Athenaeum Theatre