Main Stage

ATHENAEUM THEATRE MAIN STAGE  (Click HERE for a seating chart.)

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



Photo by Paul Grigonis

  • Main Stage seating capacity 984 people
  • 3 studio black boxes seating 67, 81, and 89 people
  • Curtain Call Club seats 55 people – 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 – wine and beer- pre show, intermission and post-show
  • full front of house provided, staff house manager and ushers for performances through The Saints

Photo by Paul Grigonis

TECHNICAL AMENITIES – (updated 8/23/18)

  • Grid 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 – 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


2018 ATP Tech Rider Main Stage pdf

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

Contact: Kevin Scott – Technical Director, Athenaeum Theatre



Allan Chambers at 773.935.6860 ext 301